John McCain Weighs In on his Foreign Policy 'Bromance' with Obama

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Senator John McCain, President Obama's new foreign policy friend from the GOP, was on CNN Thursday to call the current state of U.S. -Russian relations a return to "1955," and to explain what happened on his White House-sanctioned trip to solve the Egypt crisis (he didn't). But most importantly, McCain addressed Obama's comments on Leno earlier this week regarding the budding "bromance" between the two. While many politicians are careful about not giving silly answers to obviously silly questions, McCain is running with Obama's quip that the two were in a relationship akin to a "romantic comedy," because that's what you do when you're in love.

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To recap, Obama told Leno on Tuesday that the two, formerly opponents for the office of the president, had since found some common ground: "that’s how a classic romantic comedy goes. Initially you’re not getting along and then you keep bumping into each other," he joked.  

That prompted CNN’s John Berman to ask the follow-up question to McCain that America needs right now: which romantic comedy best encapsulates what's going on with McCain and Obama right now. "Given my age," the "December" in the August-December romance joked, "how about 'The Honeymooners’ or maybe ‘I Love Lucy,’” he replied, adding "The point is, I want to work with the president where the nation’s interests are at stake and we can work together." 

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McCain did point out some friction between the two, adding, "There are other areas such as what we just described, Syria, where I think it’s been shameful that 100,000 people have been massacred and we’ve stood by and watched it."  

As for the Senator's Egypt trip, with Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain defended his decision to call the overthrow of the Egyptian government a "coup," despite the White House's current refusal to do so. McCain told CNN that the military overthrow of the Egyptian government, and the subsequent jailing of the former Muslim Brotherhood leadership, "can only be described as a coup." Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports, Egypt still doesn't really know what to make of the U.S.'s stance towards them after the McCain visits, citing officials in the country who "expressed frustration that the message has been muddled by the comments of lawmakers who have offered strident personal, opinions on the situation that do not hew to the administration's line." 

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