Arizona Senator John McCain has spent the past year betraying the Republican Party by making it as hard as possible for President Donald Trump to get things done. This week, McCain launched his latest plan against the president when he threatened Trump’s defense nominees over the Army’s plan to offer mental-health waivers.
Business Insider reported that McCain spoke out on Tuesday to say that the Senate Armed Services Committee could delay Trump’s nominees for defense positions because of dissatisfaction with the Army’s announcement of a plan to offer waivers for recruits with histories of some mental-health conditions. This comes after it was reported that the Army had lifted a ban on mental-health waivers and will allow people with histories of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse to request them.
McCain expressed his disdain for this policy change during a confirmation hearing for three nominees on Tuesday.
“It’s a problem we’ve been having with this administration,” McCain said, according to Military Times. “We should have been told about this before it showed up in a USA Today article. The Army did not respond to a question of how many waivers, if any, have been issued since the policy was changed.”
McCain, who has already held up the nomination process several times this year, went on to say that it seemed to him the only way to get the Pentagon to provide information was to force defense officials to testify in open hearings or stop confirming nominees.
Unfortunately for McCain, however, Twitter users have made it clear that they are sick of seeing him attack Trump.
@LouDobbs McCain setting up to kill tax cuts and shaft all of us just to stop Trump
— e.p.dowd (@thebreezypoint) November 16, 2017
I've got news for #McCain, #Flake, #Corker, #McConnell, #Ryan and the rest of the establishment RINO's. You can lose every election by your posturing and grandstanding and it wont hurt Trump. Either way his agenda doesn't get passed, so what's the difference? It only hurts GOP.
— Linda (@Atlantiso1) November 16, 2017
It sickens me when someone refers to John McCain as "an American hero." He joined with Hillary, Podesta, and O's corrupt FBI to try to steal the election from the man we elected. He's a lot closer to traitor than hero. pic.twitter.com/1qncTiC4mb
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) November 16, 2017
Everybody knows the Tax Plan can be the best and McCain won't vote for it becasue Trump wants it. McCain's hatred of Trump trumps everything. (pun intended)
— LaVerne Cash (@MadScientistTwo) November 16, 2017
USA Today reported this week that the Army lifted a ban on mental-health waivers this summer and will allow people with histories of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse to request them.
At a confirmation hearing for three nominees on Tuesday, McCain expressed frustration about how the policy change was revealed, saying he had learned of it from the USA Today story.
An Army spokesman told USA Today that the accessibility of more medical information allows “Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.” New information enabled the Army to evaluate the “whole person” when considering a waiver, the spokesman said.
Since the USA Today story was published, Army officials have pushed back on the idea they are relaxing their standards for recruits.
The Army’s personnel chief, Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, said the force had only lowered the level at which waivers for potential recruits were approved, from Army headquarters to Army Recruiting Command or to state adjutants general for National Guard recruits.
“Just because they say they are opening it up doesn’t mean they will let anyone in,” an Army recruiter told Task & Purpose. The recruiter said the new policy was of a piece with an effort to give let recruiting commanders make more decisions about prospects.