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Watch: McCain's candid start to 'Morning Joe' interview has TV crew cracking up

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has worked in Washington, D.C., for decades, but it's clear he's still not used to the District's winters.

Standing outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday for a live interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," McCain didn't sugarcoat the level of discomfort he was forced to endure just before going on air.

"I'm freezing my ass off," McCain informed co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, prompting laughs from the cable news crew.

“I’m sorry," Brzezinski responded. "That’s really nice of you."

The candid comment came just before a much more serious interview in which McCain proposed boosting the national defense budget to $640 billion in 2018, according to the Hill.

“President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to ‘fully eliminate the defense sequester’ and ‘submit a new budget to rebuild our military.’ This cannot happen soon enough,” McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a 33-page outline released over the weekend.

Blasting President Barack Obama's foreign policy, McCain continued, “The damage that has been done to our military over the past eight years will not be reversed in one year. Just stemming the bleeding caused by recent budget cuts will take most of the next five years, to say nothing of the sustained increases in funding required thereafter."

(H/T: Mediaite)

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