Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that Democratic senators are so consumed with their hatred of the president, they are more willing to risk rising tensions with Russia than to allow the president to continue talks with Vladimir Putin while speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning.
“Trump derangement syndrome has officially come to the Senate. The hatred for the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance,” Rand said.
“Nobody is saying or excusing Russia’s meddling in our elections. Absolutely. We should protect the integrity of our elections,” he continued. “I would rather that we still have open channels of discussion with the Russians.”
The senator also brought up previous administrations’ relationships with Russia, or, earlier, the Soviet Union.
“Does anybody remember that Ronald Reagan sat down with Gorbachev and we lessened the nuclear tensions?” Rand asked. “Kennedy, at the height of the Cold War, had a direct line to Khrushchev, and it may have prevented the end of the world.”
Paul made headlines in recent days for going after former CIA Director John Brennan on Tucker Carlson Tonight for Brennan’s comments calling the president’s actions in Helsinki “treasonous.” (RELATED: Rand Paul: The Only Person We Know Colluded With The Russians Is Hillary Clinton)