Rand Paul, Liz Cheney trade jabs over foreign policy views

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Liz Cheney are engaged in a tense war of words over the USA presence in Afghanistan, with Paul, a Kentucky Republican, accusing Cheney of wanting to engage in "endless wars" and the Wyoming Republican calling Paul a "big loser" for his failed 2016 presidential campaign.

Paul struck back on Thursday, going on CNN and accusing Cheney and her father - George W. Bush's Vice President Dick Cheney - of being "never Trumpers" and "part of the foreign policy swamp" seeking to undermine the president, focusing on her praise of Trump's ousted national security advisor, the hawkish John Bolton.

"They hate President Trump's foreign policy, they want to stay in Afghanistan forever", Paul went on. "They love John Bolton".

A disagreement on 9/11 over John Bolton and United States withdrawal from Afghanistan descended into a full-on Twitter war between Rep. Liz Cheney and Senator Rand Paul, in a sequel to the beef between their fathers over invading Iraq.

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Cheney snapped back that she stands with Trump and USA troops in not surrendering to terrorists, "unlike [Paul], who seems to have forgotten that today is 9/11". "I'm just grateful for a president who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars".

"When I look at these tweets - you're tagging Donald Trump in them, both of you - and I wonder if even as this discussion online highlight two really important, different philosophies are foreign policy, do you worry that it's devolving a bit into this butt-kissing contest that's a little unbecoming of two members of Congress?" "Oh, right. My bad - you had already lost". He added that we should "focus on America First, not Afghanistan".

"They are never Trumpers - and they need to be honest with the people of Wyoming and honest with people of the country".

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