John McCain: Obama Is ‘Directly Responsible’ For Terror Attack In Orlando

Samantha Kilgore - Author

Jun. 16 2016, Updated 3:23 p.m. ET

Senator John McCain, the Republican statesman from Arizona, claimed that President Barack Obama is “directly responsible” for the terror attack that left 49 dead and even more injured at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

McCain made his remarks about Obama to a small group of reporters in the hallway on the Senate, in response to a reporter’s question on the gun control debate that has been rekindled on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack.

In response to the question on gun control, McCain pivoted and placed blame for the Orlando terror attack on Obama, citing Obama’s foreign policy for the reason behind the deadly attack.

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“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures.”

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A reporter pressed McCain for clarification on what McCain meant by stating “Obama is directly responsible” for the Orlando terror attack. McCain then reiterated his point, stating that the withdrawal of troops from Iraq — part of an agreement drafted and put into place by President George W. Bush in 2008 — was the genesis of the terror attack in Orlando.


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