McCain: Trump doesn’t understand the situation in Syria

McCain: Trump doesn’t understand the situation in Syria
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote MORE (R-Ariz.) says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE doesn’t understand what’s going on in Syria, taking a shot at his party’s front-runner in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

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McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a leading Republican authority on national security issues, was responding to Trump’s statement in a recent interview that the United States should not intervene the war-torn country.

“Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why can’t we let ISIS and Syria fight? Let Russia, they’re in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Let Russia take care of ISIS. How many places can we be?” Trump said.

McCain dismissed Trump’s stance as uninformed.

“I don’t think he understands very well the situation. He’s entitled to his opinion,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Russia launched airstrikes in Syria last week, but U.S. officials say they have targeted U.S.-backed rebels, not the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as Russia had originally claimed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a political ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom President Obama is trying to push out of power. Obama has called for a “managed transition” to new leadership in Syria.