John McCain Promises To Return To Capitol Hill
Senator John McCain told his colleagues that he will soon be returning to Washington, despite his medical problems.
McCain has chastised Trump’s administration for ending assistance with Syrian rebels.
Republicans want McCain to return to Capitol Hill so he can help with the long-debated healthcare conversation. He has been fighting against his party in a move that he believes will better help the nation’s security.
McCain said on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with a tumor known as glioblastoma, which came after he had a blood clot removed above his left eye.
McCain Tells Congress He’ll Be Back
The Washington Post writes:
“Responding to the well wishes, McCain tweeted on Thursday, “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” In a separate statement, he blasted reports that President Trump is ending the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling Assad’s government, a move long sought by Russia.”
“If true, “the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin,” McCain said in the statement. “Making any concession to Russia, absent a broader strategy for Syria, is irresponsible and shortsighted. The administration has yet to articulate its vision for Syria beyond the defeat of [the Islamic State], let alone a comprehensive approach to the Middle East.”
Tumor Believed By Experts To Be Aggressive
The New York Times writes:
“Medical experts said the type of tumor Mr. McCain has is particularly aggressive. The median survival of a glioblastoma is about 16 months, said Eugene S. Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009 from the same kind of aggressive brain tumor.”
“Four presidents — Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and the elder George Bush — issued heartfelt statements wishing Mr. McCain a speedy recovery late Wednesday.”