WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain says he's "puzzled" that there's a controversy surrounding remarks he made suggesting illegal immigrants were responsible for some of the massive wildfires burning in Arizona.
McCain tells NBC's "Today" show all he was doing was repeating information he'd been given by federal officials at a briefing that occurred before he appeared at a news conference last weekend.
McCain said in an interview Tuesday, "We all know that people who come across our border illegally ... that these fires are sometimes, some of them, caused by this." He said "I'm puzzled .. that there should be any controversy."
McCain earlier had said that illegal immigrants "have set fires because they wanted to signal others ... and they have set fires because they wanted to divert law enforcement agents."