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John McCain: Democrats' 'Sour Grapes Attitude' Delaying Confirmations

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By    |   Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 12:16 PM

Democrats are delaying the cabinet confirmation process through their "sour grapes attitude," rather than acting as previous did in giving the incoming president the benefit of the doubt when it came to filling an administration, Sen. John McCain said Thursday.

"Frankly, the Democrats have slowed the process," McCain told Fox News' Bill Hemmer during an "America's Newsroom" interview. "They did not slow Gen. [James] Mattis, but in many of the other nominees they have basically been using Senate rules and committee rules. They've slowed the process and that's part of the sour grapes attitude that they've had."

That's also led to the 55 or 60 "or however many of them" who have decided to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremonies Friday, said McCain.

"We've previously operated giving the incoming president the benefit of the doubt," the Arizona Republican told Hemmer. "We have our responsibility of advice and consent but we're seeing it stretched beyond anything I've ever seen."

So far, it's likely Mattis and probably retired Gen. John Kelly will be approved, and there's a possibility that as many as four cabinet posts could be filled when Trump takes office Friday afternoon, said McCain, but "that's far short of what we did for the Obama administration both in 2008 and in [2012] and it's too bad, because we need to put these people to work."

McCain said he also has faith that Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson will be "very likely" to be approved, but he does have concerns about Tillerson and about Trump's attitude on Russia.

He does, though, have a "very high regard" for many of Trump's nominees, as he's worked with them in the past and hopes to continue in the future.

"On a number of issues, I did disagree with the president-elect but he has been elected and elected legitimately despite what some of my Democrat friends say in their temper tantrum," said McCain.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee also said he approves of overnight reports that U.S. aircraft eliminated two Islamic State camps in Libya, killing dozens of fighters.

"I think it is an expression of American military capability that these aircraft can take off from the United States of America and launch a strike and return without having to land anywhere, or without having to have anything except perhaps refueling along the way," the senator said. It is more of a statement than anything else. I'm glad we've done it and I'm sorry that we waited so long."

Meanwhile, he said, President Barack Obama is leaving behind a "world on fire," with a "China that is asserting themselves a short time ago as this morning, putting pressure on South Korea not to put defensive weapons in, to Russia asserting itself in the Middle East."

In addition, there are 400,000 people dead and six million refugees who have fled Syria because of Obama's "commitment to adhere to a red line and then backing off of it."

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Democrats are delaying the cabinet confirmation process through their "sour grapes attitude," rather than acting as previous did in giving the incoming president the benefit of the doubt when it came to filling an administration, Sen. John McCain said Thursday.
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