On Sunday, Republican senator John McCain appeared—remotely—on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he pussyfooted around critiques of President Trump while still implying that his administration is bucking against the order of the free world. He did, however, state outright that “President Trump is not trying to be a dictator,” so that’s a cool vote of confidence.
As the Daily Intelligencer suggests, McCain spends the brief interview talking out of both sides of his mouth. When articulating his concerns regarding the new administration, he avoids uttering Trump’s name. But when pressed by host Chuck Todd, McCain, albeit protractedly, admits that he lacks confidence in Trump’s “understanding of some of these issues and his contradictory articulations.” What McCain is referring to, specifically, is Trump’s perspectives on national security and foreign policy — particularly our relationship with Russia.