Rand Paul Defends Trump Meet with Putin—As Do Other Senators [VIDEOS!]

With others Rand Paul defends Trump working for peace and opposing the deep state war machine.

The way Rand Paul defends Trump causes establishment heads to explode. Actually, Wolf Blitzer’s reaction would have been LESS dramatic if his head had literally exploded!

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Rand Paul’s interview with Neil Cavuto was almost as dramatic.

Rand Paul in NOT unique. There are other Republican Senators who support President Trump in fulfilling his campaign promise to pursue peace with Russia.

Politico reports, “Rand finds lots to like in Trump’s presser with Putin.

Asked whether Trump made a mistake by going to Helsinki, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) replied: “No, no, no.”

Johnson, who indicated openness to relaxing some sanctions on Russia after joining the visit there, suggested that Trump’s news conference with Putin may be “trying to improve relations, with the public face you put on it.”

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GOP voices more critical of Paul and Trump’s stance toward Russia took center stage on Monday. Mitt Romney called Trump’s performance alongside Putin “disgraceful” and Sen. John McCain called the meeting with Putin a “tragic mistake.”

But Paul chalks that up to “Trump derangement syndrome.” He believes his trip, planned in concert with the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, will allow the United States to eventually make inroads with Russia in the ongoing civil war in Syria, denuclearizing North Korea and getting Russian troops out of Ukraine.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse,” Paul said. “They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

Indeed, Trump has gradually but significantly shifted the GOP’s views of Russia, in part because as leader of the party, he has made it impossible for its lawmakers to criticize him and win primaries. Though Trump declined on Monday to endorse the U.S. intelligence committee’s assessment of Russian meddling in the election and suggested the bad relationship between the United States and Russia was both countries’ fault, many Republicans praised him as forceful with Russia in deed — if not necessarily always in word.

“It was a good idea for the president to meet with Putin and discuss the issues. Take a look at how tough the president has been on Putin: It’s been incredibly tougher than previous administrations,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), mentioning sanctions and providing weapons to Ukraine. “It’s important.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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