McCain says Putin bigger threat than ISIS

"I think [Putin] is the premier and most important threat - more so than ISIS", he said.

While McCain admitted there is no evidence the Kremlin was successful in changing the outcome of the USA presidential election, he asserted Russian officials have been interfering in elections, including the recent French vote.

McCain, one of the few in the Republican party who is an outspoken opponent of many of President Donald Trump's decisions, asserted that Russian Federation was involved in the 2016 presidential elections.

He said while there was no evidence the Russians succeeded in changing the United States election outcome, they were still trying to change elections, including the recent French vote.

"They're still trying to change elections", speculated McCain, with regards to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The senator described Russian Federation as "the far greatest challenge that we have".

McCain also acknowledged reports released on May 26 that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, allegedly tried to open lines of communication with the Russian government ahead of Trump winning the election, according to Newsweek.

"I know that some administration officials are saying "well that's standard procedure".

Senator McCain also says U.S. and America need to monitor China, so all in the region could compete on a level playing field.

When put to him by the ABC that some people feel nervous about worldwide security with Trump as president, McCain said he understood why. "They have unsettled many Americans as well", McCain said in a speech organized by the United States Studies Centre.

"I am nervous from time to time", he said.

McCain, who has been a critic of President Donald Trump, said he believes the national security team around Trump is developing a strategy that will lead to "victory" in Afghanistan, and Trump has great confidence in that team.

'You will not agree with the entire President's decisions - neither will I. "Can I tell you that it bothers me?"

  • Leroy Wright