Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have never been friends. The two have charged each other with everything from being a “war hawk” to a “wacko bird.” However on Wednesday afternoon, the Arizona Senator took it to the next level.
On the Senate floor, McCain accused Paul of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. McCain made the accusation while arguing that Montenegro should join NATO, a proposal the Kentucky senator is vehemently against.
“You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject of an attempted coup,” McCain said. “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.”
McCain asked for unanimous consent to advance the bill, but Paul wouldn’t have it. He raised an objection and then left the room, sending McCain into a tirade.
“I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken,” McCain said. “That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98—at least—of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away.”
“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians,” he continued. “So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
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