Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVirginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda Sinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick Progressives say go big and make life hard for GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) bucked President Trump in an op-ed on Thursday, saying Congress does not answer to him despite his recent attacks on the lawmakers.
"We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people," McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
"We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation," he continued.
McCain called for "a return to regular order" in the piece, which he said was in part essential due to the fact "Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct."
The veteran senator's comments come as Congress faces gridlock and extremely low approval ratings from the public, with both chambers attempting to tackle tax reform after Senate Republicans' failure to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill in July.
A new Fox News poll found that only 15 percent of voters polled approved of the job Congress was doing.
Trump has taken to publicly criticizing his lawmakers recently, most notably taking aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE (R-Ky.).
The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!That should NEVER have happened!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
Trump also took aim at McCain and fellow Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE (R) at a rally in Phoenix.
His attacks come as Congress is set to return from the August recess, and Republicans will look to work with Trump on tax reform.