Senator John McCain, who faces a tough a primary fight in Arizona this year and who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election, told reporters today that President Obama was “directly responsible” for the horrific shooting in Orlando because of his alleged inability to defeat the Islamic State.
Omar Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS during his shooting rampage early Sunday morning at a club in Florida that left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.
The senator later added in a statement: “I misspoke. I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself. As I have said, President Obama’s decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 led to the rise of ISIL. I and others have long warned that the failure of the President’s policy to deny ISIL safe haven would allow the terrorist organization to inspire, plan, direct or conduct attacks on the United States and Europe as they have done in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino and now Orlando.”