Sen. McConnell slams Obama’s ‘mind-boggling’ foreign policy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- KY) talks to reporters at the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2015. (AFP Photo)

US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is “mind-boggling” and signals "American retreat around the world," says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Kentucky senator said Obama’s foreign policy has resulted in “a genuine meltdown of American foreign policy across the board,” the Hill reported on Sunday.

McConnell further denounced Obama’s foreign policy, saying that no country is having better ties with the US today, almost eight years into his presidency.

"You name the country. Where are we in better shape now than we were when he came to office? Nowhere,” he said.

He went on to criticize Obama’s threat of vetoing Senate’s proposed defense authorization bill, passed with 70 votes, as evidence for the retreat mentality.

The bill, approved last week, would authorize the Pentagon to spend $612 billion in 2016 fiscal year on new weapons and the increasing number of soldiers.

US President Barack Obama arrives at King County International airport in Seattle, Washington, October 9, 2015. (AFP Photo)


Obama is likely to veto the bill over concerns that it circumvents federal budget caps through channeling an extra $38 billion via an off-budget war fund.

“The mere threat to veto a defense bill with all we’ve seen going on in the world is truly astonishing and underscores what a left-wing president we have who continues to be hostile to the military as he reduces our influence around the world,” McConnell said.

Speaking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and loud opposition from Democrats such as 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton, the Republican senator accused Obama of being extreme left while the Democratic Party, which he belongs to, has gone even further in exhibiting leftist ideologies.

“And of course, the far left of the Democratic Party, these are people who are even to the left of Barack Obama, which is hard to imagine,” the senator added.

The Obama-backed TPP is a secretive trade agreement between several Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters in regard to economic policy.

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