Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of “working for Vladimir Putin” on the Senate floor after Paul fought a measure to extend NATO membership to Montenegro.
“If there is objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin. You are achieving the objectives of trying to dismember this small country that has already been the subject of an attempted coup,” McCain said before introducing the measure.
Paul objected without offering argument on the Senate floor, which prompted McCain to further criticize the Kentucky senator.
“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 said.
“He has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
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