John McCain urges allies to stand by US during 'troubled times' The Guardian 2010530
Donald Trump’s administration is mired in scandal, senior Republican senator John McCain has said, but he urged America’s allies to stand by the nation as it navigates “troubled times”.
In a speech in Sydney, Australia, McCain said the US remained the most important country on Earth, and the global defender of “truth over falsehood”.
McCain conceded America’s reputation had suffered in the early months of Trump’s presidency as scandals over ties to Russia, alleged obstruction of an FBI investigation, nepotism and foundering relations with other world leaders rocked the administration with crippling regularity.
McCain said observers of the US must look beyond the president. “Our foreign friends always tend to focus on the person in the White House. But America is far bigger than that. America is our courts of justice. America is our state and local governments. America is our Congress.
“The challenge is that as China as grown wealthier and stronger, it seems to be acting more and more like a bully,” he said.
“I realise that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well. There is a real debate under way now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world and, frankly ... the future of the world will turn on a large extent on how this debate in America is resolved.”