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State of The Union Interview with John McCain
On Sunday, September 10, John McCain participated in his first interview since his brain cancer diagnosis on CNN’s “State of The Union” with Jake Tapper. The two fondly reflected back on their 18-year “adversarial” relationship and discussed topics such as Trump’s decision to end DACA, the nature of mortality, and why he voted against Trump’s deal with the Democrats.
McCain mused that, while his prognosis was good and advancements in medicine have been made, his form of cancer is extremely virulent.
Before discussing political issues, McCain waxed philosophical and thoughtful as he reflected upon his life and experiences. While he won’t find out the final results of the chemo and radiation regimen until Monday, he nevertheless expressed hope for the future and humility and gratitude for the life he has lived thus far.
Next, Tapper asked McCain why he voted against the deal President Trump struck with the Democrats since he was in favor of the bipartisan approach. McCain stated bluntly that the deal trump struck was in no way bipartisan. In short, his view was that the deal places severe restrictions on national defense, which cuts spending on training, and equipment for our military.
On the subject of North Korea, McCain was not in favor of living with a nuclearized regime under Kim Jong-un. Due to the fact that South Korea, Japan, and other adjacent countries lacked nuclear weapons, a nuclearized North Korea could unbalance the entire region. Therefore, his solution was to “seriously consider” deploying our nuclear weapons and placing greater pressure on China to reduce funding to Kim’s regime.
Lastly, Tapper asked McCain about his thoughts on Trump’s decision to end DACA In his opinion, Trump’s termination of DACA broke an important promise the United States made to the Dreamers. Therefore, he feels that Congress should codify DACA and provide a path to citizenship for them.
Watch the full interview below, via CNN.