Photographer Catches John McCain Playing Poker on iPhone During Important Syria Hearing – Read His Sarcastic Response

As members of the U.S. Senate pressed Secretary of State John Kerry for additional information on potential military action against Syria, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was apparently caught playing poker on his iPhone.

The photo was snapped by Washington Post photographer Melina Mara during Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing:

Senator John McCain plays poker on his IPhone during a U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing where Secretary of State JohnKerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify concerning the use of force in Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Shortly after the Washington Post published the photo, McCain responded with a sarcastic message via his official Twitter account:

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UPDATE: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appeared on CNN to further explain why he was playing poker on his phone during Tuesday’s Senate hearing on Syria.

“Well, as much as I like to always listen in rapt attention constantly with remarks of my colleagues over a three-and-a-half hour period, occasionally I get a LITTLE bored, and so I resorted–but the worst thing about it is, I lost thousands of dollars in this game,” he said.

McCain went on to tell CNN host Wolf Blitzer that he was playing with fake money.

Watch that portion of the interview via CNN/Mediaite below:


This story has been updated.