WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arizona Senator John McCain this week blamed President Barack Obama for the mass-shooting at a Orlando gay nightclub, then tried to take it all back.
At a press conference, McCain said Obama was “directly responsible” for the Orlando massacre. Later, he released a statement, attempting to clarify his remarks.
“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.”