Meghan McCain doesn't always side with President Donald Trump, but on the issue of his military strike against Iran last week, she is standing by him.
Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds military force, was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike. The operation has caused a sharp divide in the country as some are worried it will lead America into all-out war with Iran.
McCain is among those who see if differently. She and her "The View" co-hosts discussed the topic on Monday's episode.
"Yesterday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Soleimani was, quote, actively plotting against the American public and that Trump made the right decision," McCain said. "I was actually really surprised to see things like World War III trending, just given the fact that Soleimani was responsible for over 600 American deaths."
"Why do you think people are reacting the way that they are?" she asked. "Do you think it's just because there is this trust gap, if you will, between the President of the United States and the American public? For me, when a big, bad terrorist gets blown up, I’m happy about it."
McCain went on to say that Trump was left with little choice, and that he made the same decision any Republican president would make.
"Iran has been escalating their attacks for months and months," she said. "I mean, they were harassing our warships, firing rockets to American troops, orchestrated a rocket strike to killed a U.S. contractor and wounded four service members and obviously stormed the U.S. embassy."
"I made the argument to a friend of mine yesterday that I don’t think a President Marco Rubio or President Romney would have necessarily done anything different by taking out Soleimani," she added. "Why do you think people are reacting this way to Trump doing this?"
Trump upped his aggressive and threatening rhetoric on Twitter over the weekend.
"The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way...and without hesitation!" he wrote in on tweet.
He followed that up by writing, "These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!"