John Barrasso

One explanation for McCain's grogginess: a 75,000-mile itinerary as 'shadow' diplomat

One explanation for McCain's grogginess: a 75,000-mile itinerary as 'shadow' diplomat

Maybe this is why Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seemed a bit groggy during Thursday's high-profile congressional hearing: He had spent the previous week on the other side of the world, hop-scotching his way around the Pacific trying to reassure allies that the U.S. government remains in their corner.

It's a role McCain has long played, but it's taken on a more serious tenor in the era of President Donald Trump. Already this year, the senator has logged more than 75,000 miles to more than 15 nations across three continents, according to his staff.

McCain's journeys to those far-flung places also drains the octogenarian - and it is beginning to show when he returns to the...

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