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John McCain Stuns Veteran Correspondent When He Says Something the Journalist Has 'Never Heard' Him Say Before

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"I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president, and I’m ashamed of myself..."

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He's known for his military service and his long years in government — and he just said something that a veteran Washington reporter has never heard him say before.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, and when the talk turned to Ukraine, McCain didn't pull any punches: "I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president, and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people."

McCain said it's disgraceful that the international community, especially the United States, hasn't done more to aid the people of Ukraine as they face not-so-covert aggression from neighboring Russia.

"The Ukrainians aren’t asking for American boots on the ground, that’s not the question here," McCain said. "They’re asking for weapons to defend themselves and they’re being slaughtered and their military is being shattered."

McCain also labeled the leaders of France and Germany shameful for "legitimiz[ing], for the first time in 70 years, the dismemberment of a country in Europe."

McCain's words left the "Face the Nation" host, a veteran correspondent, stunned.

 

“Well I’ll say this, senator," said host Bob Schieffer. "I’ve known you for a long, long time, interviewed you many, many times. I’ve never heard you say, ‘I’m ashamed of my country,’ which you just said.”

Watch the interview below:

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