Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina weighed in on the president's address to a joint session of Congress during a CNN town hall Wednesday night.
McCain, a Republican lawmaker who has vocalized his opposition to President Trump on certain policy issues, mostly shared positive feedback of the president's remarks, particularly those honoring the late Navy Seal who died in a raid in Yemen. However, he did say that he wished the 45th commander-in-chief acknowledged other pressing national security issues.
He said, "I would have liked to have heard about Afghanistan. We have 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan who are fighting in what has been described to me as a 'stalemate.' I would have liked to have heard more about Russia. Russia is the country that tried to change the elections in the United States."
Graham, a former 2016 Republican presidential contender, said the debate over whether substantial intelligence was extracted from the mission in which Ryan Owens had participated in was irrelevant.
I don't know if this was a game changer in the war on terrorism. In terms of Ryan, it really doesn't matter one bit. He's a hero."
Graham also said Trump did a "really good job" last night. "We need more of that guy -- less of the tweeting guy," Graham said.
In another question about immigration reform, McCain, who once said the Trump administration was in "disarray," said it is possible to enforce immigration laws through advanced technology like drones as well as through traditional methods using law enforcement officials.
He added, "I was glad last night that the president of the United States made reference to the need for immigration reform. We're all with him."
Graham expressed similar views, saying that Trump is doing a good job of "getting the bad hombres out."
McCain and Graham were asked about what could be done to end sanctuary cities, their views on Trump's views on Russia, which Graham preceded to call a 'Blind spot', and their views on Trump's mixed signals on immigration. But McCain and Graham were clear that they will 'remain a thorn in Trump's sides' even though they are a part of the same political party.
My biggest fear is not losing my job, My biggest fear is not standing up and speaking out when I know it's right.
McCain stated that he believed President Trump had laid out a positive agenda and thought that it contrasted from his inaugural address and it was 'well received by the American people.' He told CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash.
Later in the evening, Graham became emotional talking about his friendship with McCain.
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