U.S. Sen. John McCain has been very vocal about his support for Ukraine in the past, and his latest statement proves his firm stance even if he has to badmouth his country in the process.
The Arizona representative recently appeared on CBS' Face The Nation and surprised host Bob Schieffer with an unexpected remark on his embarrassment with the country and the president.
The statement came while McCain was discussing the role of U.S. in the Ukraine and Russia conflict, which he believes isn’t up to par.
“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,” he said. “It is really, really heartbreaking.”
He urged the Obama administration to provide weapons to Ukraine to help fend off Russia and pro-Russian separatists while expressing his disappointment on how U.S. and major European powers have failed to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advances on Ukraine.
“The Ukrainians aren’t asking for American boots on the ground. That’s not the question here. They are asking for weapons to defend themselves,” he exclaimed. “They are being slaughtered and their military is being shattered.”
McCain is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
Watch his Face The Nation interview below:
Germany and France negotiated a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia a couple of weeks ago, but it hasn’t led to a ceasefire. The two countries are still at war with each other.