Despite being pressured by the interviewer, Rand Paul praised the President’s actions.
Rand Paul praised President Trump in an interview on ABC This Week.
The most preposterous question was about Donald Trump’s “attack” on the media. People act like Donald Trump speaking his mind about the corporate media is an attack on the First Amendment. No, the President is exercising his First Amendment rights. How can that be an assault on the First Amendment? Acting like Trump offends the First Amendment with his words is more dangerous to the First Amendment that Trump characterizing the media as “the enemy of the people.”
While Rand Paul praised what Trump and Congress had accomplished so far, he also defended the President from John McCain.
He argued that the nation is “very lucky” that Trump is president and not McCain, who won the 2008 GOP nomination but lost to Barack Obama in the general election.
According to The Hill:
Paul said that McCain’s recent criticisms of Trump are driven by his “personal dispute” with the president over foreign policy.
He added that McCain and Trump are at odds because McCain supports the wide deployment of U.S. troops to protect and promote American interests abroad while he characterized Trump’s views as closer to a realpolitik approach to foreign policy.
“Everything that he says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump, and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain’s the guy who’s advocated for war everywhere,” Paul said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“He would bankrupt the nation. We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge, because I think we’d be in perpetual war,” Paul added.
Paul said there has no effort by the Trump administration to suppress the media, noting that no legislation has been offered to curb press freedoms.
Paul argued that McCain has a history of being wrong major foreign policy questions.
“I would say John McCain’s been wrong on just about everything over the last four decades. He advocated for the Iraq War, which I think destabilized the Middle East,” he said.
“If you look at the map, there’s probably at least six different countries where John McCain has advocated for us having boots on the ground,” he added.
The problem with McCain is that he has power to do more than merely talk trash about Trump. As Kenneth Rapoza wrote at Forbes, “The Arizona Republican stands as a key roadblock to sanction removal, and may even exhaust Trump’s repeatedly stated goal that getting along with Russia is better than being their enemy.”
More sinister is McCain’s work at undermining Trump’s legitimacy. New York Magazine reports,
Now McCain is renewing his calls for a bipartisan select committee to look into Trump’s ties to Russia, which could ultimately put pressure on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor — a probe that could get perilous for the president. While he is meeting with resistance from party leaders so far, McCain plans to use his role as chair of the Armed Services Committee and ex officio member of the Intelligence Committee to push for answers. The Trump administration’s viability rests on the support of a Republican Congress, and what John McCain is doing, carefully but with growing fervor, could shake its foundations.
McCain was so opposed to Trump, that back in October, he actually said that he was uncertain that Trump would pick a better Supreme Court Justice than Hillary Clinton would pick. Just another thing that McCain got wrong!
McCain, remember, retracted his endorsement of Trump and claimed he would write in another candidates.