Donald Trump is apparently not the only Republican that Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has beef with.
On Wednesday, The Washington Examiner reports, McCain accused fellow Republican Senator, Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) of “working for Vladimir Putin.”
McCain’s accusation came after Paul blocked consideration of a treaty that would allow the small country of Montenegro into NATO.
As McCain asked for the unanimous consent of members of the Senate to pass the treaty, Paul left and announced that he objected.
Shocked by Paul’s abrupt objection and exit, McCain declared, “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.’
McCain then argued that Paul’s behavior was a sign that he is working for Putin.
‘The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made.
‘The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.’
Earlier, McCain had warned the Senate that he was going to take objections to the treaty very seriously.
‘If there’s objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin. If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.’
In an attempt to downplay his reaction, Paul later released a statement explaining why he had objected to the treaty. In the statement, he claimed that his reasoning came from the fact that the U.S. is too involved in other countries already.
‘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). In addition, the United States is pledged to defend 28 countries in NATO.
‘It is unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt.’
McCain was not impressed by Paul’s explanation. His spokeswoman later said that Paul should have explained himself to the rest of the Senate, rather than simply storming out.
Watch a video of the exchange between Paul and McCain below, via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.