Sen. John McCain: Putin the 'most important threat, more so than ISIS'

The former U.S. presidential candidate, who recently visited Serbia, made this declaration during his tour of Australia, the British daily Guardian is reporting.

Senator McCain is in Australia as part of a tour of the Asia-Pacific region to discuss security issues.

"I think ISIS can do bad things". And during this interview, he didn't hold back when he denounced the president for his silence on the mounting evidence that Russian Federation meddled with the elections.

"I've seen seen no evidence they succeeded, but they tried, and they are still trying to change elections, they just tried to affect the outcome of the French elections", he said. "So, I view Vladimir Putin, who has dismembered Ukraine, a sovereign nation, who is putting pressure on the Baltics - I view the Russians as the far greatest challenge that we have".

Putin has denied any notions of Russian meddling in the USA election, responding, "Read my lips - "no", when asked if he had any involvement. So, way to go Vladimir.

The former United States presidential candidate made the declaration during an interview with ABC, accusing the Kremlin of having attempted to influence several elections outside of Russian Federation. The Republican senator said that the USA should respond to Putin's aggression with sanctions.

"I do believe that the President has great confidence in this national security team".

"We are certainly in very interesting times and our relationship in my view is more important than it's ever been", he told Ms Bishop. John McCain (R-AZ) said that he does not believe Jared Kushner's reported suggestion that the Trump transition team establish a secret backchannel to the Russian government followed typical procedures.

"I don't think it is standard procedure prior to the inauguration of a president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position". "I believe that it is clearly illegal to be filling in these islands", he said.

Mr McCain said China was "key" to diffusing the nuclear threat North Korea poses. "Can I tell you that it bothers me?"

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