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McCain Slams Rand Paul: "The Senator... Is Now Working For Vladimir Putin"

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is helping Russia by seeking to block Montenegro’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, fellow Republican Sen. John McCain declared Wednesday.

According to The Hill, the Arizona lawmaker made the claim after Paul prevented the unanimous consent of a measure that would have led to a vote on the small country’s bid to join NATO. Before asking for his colleagues’ consent, McCain cautioned them that anyone who opposed him would be “carrying out the desires and ambitions” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Paul “has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians,” McCain said on the Senate floor. He added: “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.” Any individual member of the Senate has the power to thwart further action on an issue by voting against unanimous consent.

It was not the first time that the two senators have butted heads on a foreign-policy issue. McCain is a prominent military “hawk,” while Paul’s libertarian views lead him to question U.S. interventionism in other countries. On Wednesday, the Kentucky lawmaker warned that the addition of another nation to NATO would force American troops to expand their operations.

“Currently, the United States has troops in dozens of countries and is actively fighting in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, with the occasional drone strike in Pakistan,” Paul said. “In addition, the United States is pledged to defend 28 countries in NATO.” The senator argued that “it is unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt.”

The Hill pointed out that NATO’s Article 5 requires each of the organization’s member countries to defend any other member that comes under attack.

Though they represent different factions of the Republican Party, McCain and Paul have one thing in common: They have both run for the White House. McCain was the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, when he lost to then-Sen. Barack Obama. Paul was among 17 candidates for last year’s Republican nomination.

Source: The Hill
Photo: Newsmax

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