Senator John McCain, an outspoken critic of the US President, said Mr Trump was prone to contradicting himself and said his remarks should not be taken at face value.
Donald Trump’s administration is in “disarray” and has “a lot of work to do”, senator McCain warned at a high-level meeting of defence and security chiefs in Munich Germany.
“The president, I think, makes statements [and] on other occasions contradicts himself. So we’ve learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says.”
He acknowledged concern in Europe and beyond that America was “laying down the mantle of global leadership” and cited trends he found alarming, including anti-immigrant sentiment.
But Mr McCain urged those gathered at the summit not to give up on the United States.
“Make no mistake, my friends: These are dangerous times, but you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out,” he said