Sen. John McCain says that President Barack Obama is “directly responsible” for the Orlando terrorist attack in which 49 people were killed.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, McCain said that Obama was “directly responsible” for the Orlando attack the same day the the CIA Director John Brennan said that “our efforts have not reduced [ISIS’s] terrorism capability and global reach.” (RELATED: CIA Admits US Has Not Reduced ISIS’s Global Terror Reach [VIDEO])
Later in the day, McCain tweeted, “I was referring to Pres Obama’s national security decisions that have led to rise of #ISIL, not to the President himself.”
To clarify, I was referring to Pres Obama’s national security decisions that have led to rise of #ISIL, not to the President himself
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 16, 2016
McCain later followed up his tweet with this statement: “I misspoke. I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself. As I have said, President Obama’s decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 led to the rise of ISIL. I and others have long warned that the failure of the President’s policy to deny ISIL safe haven would allow the terrorist organization to inspire, plan, direct or conduct attacks on the United States and Europe as they have done in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino and now Orlando.” (RELATED: Obama: ISIS Fighters Are Not ‘Religious Warriors. They Are Thugs’ [VIDEO])
Last Sunday, Omar Mateen, who pledged his allegiance to ISIS, killed 49 people at a Florida gay nightclub.
On Tuesday, Obama said that ISIS fighters are “not religious warriors” but are “thugs” and “thieves.” McCain’s comments about Obama come the same day that the president is in Florida visiting with the families of the victims of the attack, according to the Associated Press.