Thursday on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told the story of being at the White House last year with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) discussing strategy for dealing with Syria. In that visit to the White House, McCain claimed President Barack Obama “looked us in the eye” and did not tell “us the truth in the Oval Office.”
McCain said, “Sen. Lindsey Graham and I were called over to the White House. We went in to meet the president of the United States after the president of the United States had said that he was going to strike Syria.. We sat there and the president looked us in the eye and he said, ‘I want to do three things, degrade Bashar Assad, upgrade the Free Syrian Army and change the battlefield equation.”
“Sen. Graham and I, taking his word for it, went out on the driveway and said we are backing the president of the United States. Several days later without being notified we were stunned to read that the president of the United States had changed his mind. He had not told us the truth in the Oval Office. That is a unique experience for me, where I’ve been in the Oval Office under many presidents of the United States,” he added.
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