Sen. John McCain said today that focusing on former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation takes the focus away from other top issues, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“It sucks the oxygen right out of the room. It really does,” the senator said.
“We should be talking about replacing Obamacare. We should be talking about tax reform — and we are talking about it, but that’s not the issue that is dominating the news.”
The comments come one day after White House national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post, following reports that he mislead Trump officials regarding discussions he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. about sanctions.
In a statement released earlier Tuesday, McCain said Flynn’s resignation shows the type of “dysfunction” currently going on among White House national security officials.
“At the same time, General Flynn’s resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus,” the senator said in the statement.
McCain reiterated this point to reporters on Tuesday.
“It’s a dysfunctional White House. … Nobody knows who’s in charge and nobody knows who’s setting policies.”
McCain to reporters: "It’s a dysfunctional White House … Nobody knows who’s in charge and nobody knows who’s setting policies."
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) February 14, 2017