Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) again placed some blame on President Obama for a terrorist attack, this time for the deadly truck attack in Nice, France, last week.
McCain said on Friday that Obama’s policies gave rise to the Islamic State, which the senator argued is responsible for the attack.
“As far as the tragedy in France is concerned, obviously this is an act of mayhem and despicable. But I also have to tell you — and our prayers are with the families, obviously, and the French people — but I also have to tell you, that as long as we have a leadership in this country, the president of the United States, who allowed this to happen, his policies are directly responsible for ISIS and ISIS is responsible for these attacks,” McCain said on Arizona radio station KTAR.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in Nice, and French authorities said that the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiyej Bouhlel, expressed support for ISIL online.
McCain said that the U.S. had won the war in Iraq, but lamented that “the President decided to pull everybody out of Iraq.”
“This president has no strategy and no, in my view at least in the short term, ability or willingness to attack this evil,” the senator said.
“This president has failed miserably and all this stuff didn’t have to happen,” he continued. “I’m sorry to say that I predicted everything that has happened, and I predict more attacks just as the director of National Intelligence and the head of the CIA have predicted. This president has failed America and the world.”
McCain also criticized Obama following the deadly shooting at an Orlando night club in June. The senator said Obama was “directly responsible” for the attack. He later clarified that he was referring to Obama’s policies, not the President himself, and argued that Obama’s policies led to the rise of ISIL.
H/t Buzzfeed News