After over a week of failing to find his presidential footing, Republican President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly ended a telephone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the issue of refugee resettlement.
After the flub, “Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jack Reed of Rhode Island all spoke with Joe Hockey, Australia’s ambassador to the United States, and expressed their staunch support for the U.S.-Australia alliance,” according to U.S. News & World Report. “Their calls on Thursday came after Trump stressed the need for ‘tough’ talk to make sure other nations don’t take advantage of the United States.”
“McCain, now in his sixth term in the Senate, has emerged as Trump’s top Republican nemesis in Congress. While GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have largely refrained from scolding the new president, McCain hasn’t been shy about calling Trump out.”
“In the two weeks since Trump’s inauguration, McCain has broken with Trump on his immigration order, warned him against rapprochement with Moscow, lectured him on the illegality of torture, and hammered the president for backing away from international free trade agreements.”