Putin bigger threat than ISIS – U.S. Senator McCain

Published: 11:01 GMT, May 30, 2017 |

U.S. Senator John McCain said on Monday (May 29) that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to global security than ISIS.

“I think he is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS. I think ISIS can do terrible things and I worry a lot about what is happening with the Muslim faith and I worry about a whole lot of things about it. But it’s the Russians who are trying to destroy the very fundamental of democracy – and that is to change the outcome of an American election,” said McCain.

Speaking in an interview on Australian Broadcasting Corporation television, McCain warned that the Senate would push for sanctions against Moscow for its alleged interference in the U.S. election.

McCain, a leading foreign policy voice in the U.S. Congress, held security talks in Australia on his way to a defence summit in Singapore.

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.

He was also sceptical of the ‘bizarre’ approach of Jared Kushner, amid revelations that Kushner had undisclosed contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.