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Sen. McCain Expresses Dismay 'We Are a Unicameral Govt'

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:32 PM

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says his relationship with Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is worse than with Obama-era Pentagon chief Ash Carter, Defense News reported.

According to Defense News, Sen. McCain implied national security officials have seen his committee as a rubber stamp, while he is using his position to conduct oversight.

"I had a better working relationship, back and forth, with Ash Carter than I do with an old friend of 20 years," McCain said, referring to Mattis.

He added he has considered both Mattis and McMaster "friends of mine for many years."

"I think they had this idea, once that Trump won, that we are a unicameral government, and we have to do what we have to do," McCain said, Defense News reported.

Defense News reported McCain's frustration is partly rooted in fears the Trump administration is unprepared to deal with a defeat of ISIS; U.S.-backed Syrian rebels are claiming victory in Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS's caliphate.

"Again, we will not sit by without having a complete understanding of what is going on," McCain said. "Raqqa just fell. Who's going to take over? The Iranians are there, the Shiites. The whole situation is in chaos, as we predicted."

McCain told reporters he expects to receive soon some answers to questions on strategy and tactics that he has been waiting months to get, Defense News reported.

But he would not commit to advancing President Donald Trump's picks through his committee until he has the information he has been seeking in hand, the outlet reported.

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