Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Obama was “directly responsible” for the mass shooting in Orlando because he failed to check the growth of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Democrats expressed outrage at McCain’s remark and the Arizona Republican responded with a statement clarifying that the president’s national security decisions led to the mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Florida.
He said Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 led to the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.
“I and others have long warned that the failure of the President’s policy to deny (the Islamic State) 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.”
McCain made his original comment to reporters in Washington while Obama was in Orlando visiting with the families of those killed in Sunday’s attack and some of the survivors.