May 28th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
5 years ago

How McCain's daughter found out her dad was in Syria

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain slipped into civil war-torn Syria Monday to meet with rebels battling Bashar al Assad's regime.

So how did his daughter Meghan learn about her father's visit?

On Twitter, of course.

Meanwhile, one of McCain's top allies on Capitol Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, poked some fun at his friend.

Mouaz Moustafa, with the Washington-based Syrian Emergency Task Force that helped plan McCain's trip, said the Arizona Republican entered Syria through Turkey, and remained in the country for several hours.

While in Syria, McCain met with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He spent about an hour meeting with Free Syrian Amry commanders from various parts of the country including Aleppo, Homs, and Idlib.

McCain is the leading voice in Congress for a greater U.S. role in ending Syria's civil war, which has been waged for more than two years. He has suggested establishing "safe zones" for Syria's rebels and taking out the regime's air assets, along with providing lethal weapons to Syria's opposition.

Filed under: John McCain • Syria
soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. justhefacts

    John McCaion may have been a bad ass at one time, but he has slipped from bad to dump.

    May 28, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Rosslaw

    Meghan needs to sign up for the new war that daddy wants to bring home.

    May 28, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. photodick

    John McCain, change your Depends.

    May 28, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. AgrippaMT

    Sorry, Meghan, but your dad is just an ass.

    May 28, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Dave - Phx

    He is a worthless war mongering leech sucking on the tax payer teet for nothing in return. He doesn't vote half the time because he doesnt even show up. Traitor.

    May 28, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Joe

    More like a dumb -azz...And a nut to boot, getting us embroiled in another middle eastern cess-pool, if you think he's so bad Missy, lets see you raise your right hand and go over there!

    May 28, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Anastasia Beverhausen

    Take the word "bad" out and you'd be correct.

    May 28, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. bill dunn

    He really needs to retire. He's married to a billionaire,still has a few years left. All he wants to do is go to war. How can we trust these rebel groups. Do we need another Muslim Fundamentalist Country, with no rights for women or minority religions.
    These people don't want peace, just look at Iraq where 66 people were killed today. Lets get the hell out of all of these countrys and fix our. Our bridges and roads are collasping every day and we're spending billions on Camel Jockeys.

    May 28, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. moonraker

    Your dad is an idiot.

    May 28, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. miguel

    I think it is nice that a daughter thinks the world of her daddy. I'd like to think my daughter feels the same about me.

    May 28, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Anthony in California

    A couple notes...

    1.If those same Syrian rebels killed McCain on this "secret trip", Republicans would still be clamoring for an investigation on why Obama was somehow at fault.....

    2.What power does he have to negotiate ANYTHING?

    3.He also wanted to arm rebels in Benghazi... we see how that ended.

    4.Is he there on tax payer's dime? Where is the TeaParty outrage over this unnecessary spending?

    5.McCain's daughter needs to join the service since her family loves war so much.

    May 28, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Daniel

    Why didnt he stay home and care about the situations here in the US? Should have rounded up all the ignorant "God" believers, decapitated them, burned the remains...this including himself. You can never be "free" if you are controlled by ignorance like sheep....

    May 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. ED FL

    McCain needs to spend some time in a BOOBY HATCH[Not referring to a Woman'.s body parts] That event would drive the other members to become normal and get away from this old fool.

    May 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Seth Hill

    After he was elected President in 2008, one of his most important duties has been to deal with nations, both friendly and hostile, around the world. Negotiating with Syrian rebels is a crucial job for the President. Wait ... you say he wasn't elected President ? Try telling that to Senator McCain!

    May 28, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. JR

    waste waste waste spend more of our tax dollars flying to some civil war. fuel, plane,3 to 5 vans for protection, 8 to 10 cia or soldiers 750. thousand dollars. nice fiscal conservative

    May 28, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Craig

    I thought that Dennis Rodman was the official ambassador to rogue states. Let's hope McCain can match up to The Worm.

    May 28, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. dmoneyx2

    McCain cracks me about a guy who is desperatly hoping to stay in the lime-light and relavent. from hero to zero...least in my book

    May 28, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Vence

    Remember Afghanistan??

    May 28, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Steve

    You mean your dad supports Al Qaeda? Isn't that who you have been saying the rebels Obama was supporting were? Proof positive the tea party supports terrorism.

    May 28, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. John

    She got it half right...

    May 28, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Vence

    I am confused. If they fight with us they are called rebels, if they fight against us they are called terrorists. They look the same to me. No wonder they fight against us, right after they fight with us.

    May 28, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Har de har har

    How could she misspell dumb so severely?

    May 28, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Vijay

    Will Darell Izza will have congressional hearing?

    May 28, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Truthis

    I really can not add much that hasn't been said. Meghan got it half right but the only thing bad about him is his attitude.

    May 28, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Chris

    A US law maker becomes a law breaker by crossing into a sovereign nation without permission in an effort to aid the overthrow of that nations government. There is something very wrong here. Who paid for his trip? Upon what authority did he make this trip?

    May 28, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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