WASHINGTON (AP) — The “three amigos” used to mean the trio of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots.
Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys pushing Ukraine to investigate Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The shift signals a departure from the bipartisanship of McCain’s era and the foreign policy ideals pursued by Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. It also shows how far the GOP has become the party of Donald Trump.
The House impeachment inquiry has detailed how the self-described “three amigos” — Ambassador Gordon Sondland, outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker — operated an “irregular” foreign policy channel pushing Ukraine to announce the investigations Trump wanted.