Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute trafficking claim

Cindy McCain apologized on Thursday after police disputed her claim that she stopped a child trafficking attempt.

McCain had come under criticism for the claim, which she said she made after reporting a woman who was with a toddler of a different ethnicity — remarks that many found offensive.

“At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking,” McCain, the widow of former Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainConservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters Donald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble MORE (R-Ariz.) and an anti-trafficking advocate, said on Twitter. “I commend the police officers for their diligence. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from 'if you see something, say something.’”


McCain, in a radio interview about child trafficking on KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday, said that she reported a woman who was with a toddler of a different ethnicity and that she ended up foiling a trafficking attempt.

“If you see something, say something. That very thing happened to me at the Phoenix airport last Friday,” McCain said.

“I came in from a trip I’d been on and I spotted — it looked odd — it was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click with me. … I went over to the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid,” she continued. “She was waiting for the guy who bought the child get off an airplane.”

Phoenix police denied her account, saying they did not find that the woman was trafficking the child.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Armando Carbajal told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday that after conducting a welfare check, “officers determined there was no evidence of criminal conduct or child endangerment.”