Sen. Rand Paul seemed thoroughly impressed with the Trump administration’s first thirty days during his appearance on ABC’s This Week. When asked about the President’s performance the Senator had this to say:
“From where I sit we’ve done a lot of good things. You know, we’ve repealed regulations for the first time in twenty years using the Congressional Review Act….three regulations that were going to cost the economy hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs….that is big progress. We’re on schedule to repeal Obamacare. Big Progress. His cabinet picks, from a conservative point of view, have exceeded my expectations. I think Scott Pruitt is going to be great at EPA. I think we’re really going to do some conservative things. Supreme Court Justice….somebody I could’ve picked.”
From this it seems that Sen. Paul’s view of President Trump has changed substantially since the days of the 2016 campaign. How could it not after President Trump just repealed an Obama era regulation that would have cost a reported 77,000 jobs in the coal industry. Kentucky, the state Paul represents, operated as many as 440 coal mines as recently as 2010. The repeal of this regulation will help the Senator’s state immensely.
Sen. Paul was also asked about comments made by Sen. John McCain. McCain’s remarks were in regards to President Trump’s ongoing battle with the main stream media. McCain said this to NBC News:
“The first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”
Well, thank you Sen. McCain for clarifying that you don’t think President Trump is trying to be a dictator. Nevertheless, Rand Paul didn’t take to kindly to the Senator’s remarks and he let him have it.
“I think Sen. McCain’s perspective is colored by his disagreements with President Trump on foreign policy. If I were to look at foreign policy I would say John McCain has been wrong on just about everything over the last four decades. He advocated for the Iraq War, which I think destabilized the Middle East. If you look at the map, there’s probably at least six different countries where John McCain has advocated for having U.S. boots on the ground. John McCain’s complaint is we are either not at war somewhere or [if we are at war] we leave to soon.”
Later in the segment Sen. Paul added this:
“Everything that he [McCain] says about the President is colored by his own personal dispute he has got running with President Trump, and it should be taken with a grain of salt because John McCain is the guy that has advocated for war everywhere. He would bankrupt the nation. Actually we’re very lucky John McCain is not in charge because I think we would be in perpetual war.”
There was a time when no one in government, let alone another Republican member of the Senate, dare take on John McCain in such an aggressive and public manor. For those that appreciate this kind of honesty from our leaders, you can thank President Trump for leading the way. Free speech abounds in Washington, D.C. The entire interview is included below. It is a must see.