The co-author of Sen. John McCain's new memoir says the veteran Arizona Republican believes America can work through its troubled political state.
"He's worried about the challenges in the world and he's worried about the state of our politics. But he does think … we can get through it," Mark Salter, McCain's former chief of staff, said in an interview published Friday in The Guardian.
Salter, co-author of McCain's book, "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations," published by Simon & Schuster, said McCain questions President Donald Trump's nationalistic impulses.
"The way he put it once was that the post-World War II Western-led international order has liberated more people from tyranny and poverty than at any point in history and made the United States incomparably wealthy and powerful – but yes, let's throw it away, because [Trump former chief strategist] Steve Bannon has a better idea," Salter said.
"It's a ludicrous, ignorant, uninformed, ahistorical, nonsensical, comic book view of the world, and that concerns him. That there's an audience for it in the country … that concerns him."
McCain, a Vietnam War hero, has been absent from the Senate in recent months as he fights brain cancer.
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