WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn’t hold back criticizing President Barack Obama Thursday in a radio interview.
Reflecting on Obama’s handling of relations with Russia and the crisis in Ukraine, McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “played us so incrediblyâ€ on Obama’s watch.
“This is the most naive president in history,” McCain said. â€œThe naivetÃ© of Barack Obama and [Secretary of State] John Kerry is stunning.”
As violent protests in Ukraine escalate, with reports of at least 70 activists dead, McCain insisted on targeted sanctions against the country.
White House reports indicate that Obama hasn’t decided on sanctions. McCain warned the administration is running out of time.
â€œThis thing could spiral out of control into a major international crisis,â€ McCain said. â€œThe first thing we need to do is impose sanctions against people in leadership positions, including the oligarchs who control this collapsed economy.â€
McCain also said the U.S. should keep an eye on Putin once the Olympics end in Sochi, saying of the Russian president: â€œHeâ€™s amoral, heâ€™s cold, heâ€™s distant, heâ€™s tough.â€
â€œPutin believes Ukraine is an integral part of Russia. He will not go quietly into the night about when Ukraine moves into the European orbit, so to say,â€ McCain said.