Monday 22 January 2018

Senator John McCain caught playing iPhone poker during Syria hearing

Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain
John McCain and his 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain was caught playing a game of poker during a three-hour long Senate hearing on America's proposed action in Syria.

The Senator from Arizona,, who ran for the presidency against President Barack Obama in 2008, has caused controversy after the iPhone incident.

And humility doesn't appear to be on Mr McCain's radar as he was unapologetic last night on Twitter when confronted about the insensitivity of his timing.

"Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost," he wrote on the social networking account when he was caught by surveying news cameras in the government meeting while Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Kagel conducted a long briefing on Syria.

He has continued to make light of his behaviour, later telling CNN that he was more concerned with losing "thousands of fake dollars" during one of the most serious political discussion of 2013; while the American government considered military action in Syria.

Mr McCain has been a vocal supporter of military intervention in Syria, as two million refugees have fled the country amid the chemical weapons attack, which is believed to have been conducted by Bashar al-Assad's regime.

President Obama was initially supportive of military intervention, but has since left the decision to a congressional vote.

"As much as I like always listening in rapt attention constantly [to the] remarks of my colleagues over a three-and-a half-hour period, occasionally I get a little bored," he told CNN.

"But the worst thing is I lost thousands of dollars in this game... thousands and thousands of fake dollars."

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