McCain still skeptical about Putin
Exiting a more than hour-long huddle with President Obama, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he remained “very skeptical” of the chances for success in reaching a diplomatic resolution in the standoff with Syria over its chemical weapons storage.
McCain, a longtime foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that the Senate was right to delay consideration of the resolution authorizing military strikes against Syria until Obama’s advisers can finish negotiations with Putin, Syria and United Nations officials. “I’m very skeptical, but I’m certainly willing to give it a chance,” he said.
He said he continues to work with a bipartisan group of senators to re-craft the use-of-force resolution while the diplomatic talks continue, hoping to win support from wavering senators who preferred more diplomacy before strikes would take place.