PHOENIX – U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday he has ‘no confidence’ in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld’s handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops.
McCain, speaking to The Associated Press in an hourlong interview, said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld’s resignation, explaining that President George W. Bush ‘can have the team that he wants around him.’
‘I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops – linguists, special forces, civil affairs, etc.,’ said McCain, a Republican from Arizona. ‘There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue.’
When asked if Rumsfeld was a liability to the Bush administration, McCain responded: ‘The president can decide that, not me.’