Trump Calls McCain, Graham “Weak” for Attacking His Immigration Ban

Trump Calls McCain Graham Weak for Attacking His Immigration Ban

President Donald Trump’s immigration ban that was signed last week set off a wave of fury in Democrat circles and caused more than a few Republicans to voice their concerns about such a sweeping measure.

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has clashed with Trump before, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who opposed Trump in the primaries, issued a joint response to the executive order affecting seven Middle Eastern countries, The Daily Caller reported.

“Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation,” read the statement.

“Such a hasty process [as Trump’s order] risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help,” it stated.

The joint statement also suggested that Trump’s executive order would only increase the number of people joining the Islamic State terror group and other such organizations.

You can read the full statement here.

Trump, never one to simply let opponents attack him and get away with it, quickly shot back at the two senators on Twitter, calling them “weak” and suggesting that they should focus on more important things.

“The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration. The two senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III,” he wrote in two tweets.

Trump’s “World War III” remark is most likely a reference to the more hawkish views that McCain and Graham have regarding America’s potential nation-state rivals, such as China and Russia.

For the most part, Republicans have fallen in line behind Trump so far, and this immigration ban is the first real public friction between Trump and some of the more establishment Republicans since he was sworn in.

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