August 7, 2018, 10:33 a.m.
Sometimes no word better describes a reaction than WTF? I did it the other day with President Trump and his attacks on Lebron James and I’m doing it again with Rand Paul.
Remember Rand Paul, the Presidential candidate that served as a punching bag for then Candidate Trump during the debates? At some point, Paul seemed normal to me. WTF changed since then?
Now, Paul is in Moscow, yeah, like in Russia, and he is inviting Russian lawmakers to Washington. What part of what I keep saying that you don’t invite the fox to the hen house are these politicians not understanding?
I used to say Putin is playing international chess and President Trump is playing checkers, but at this point, the GOP looks more like they are playing hopscotch.
Paul Ryan was clear about this.
“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”
The GOP is so divided, that something as simple and basic as this can’t be agreed upon. Why else are some jumping of the Trump Train or at the minimum, keeping themselves at arm’s length?
Here’s a simple question- a lot of the GOP members were around during the Obama and Bush administration. Why wasn’t there such a desire to meet with Russia then?
When asked by CNN if Paul discussed Russian interference, his response was as follows:
“We had general discussions about a lot of issues and basically we’ve decided that right now we will try to establish a dialogue and solve issues.”
You went all the way to Russia, and by the way, how much did this cost and who is paying for this, to speak generalities? I wouldn’t drive down the street to discuss generalities.
Paul went on to say that “your biggest issue right now there is no dialogue, issues that we can’t even have discussion about because we have no dialogue.”
I guess he hasn’t been paying attention. The last thing we are lacking with Russia is dialogue. Maybe that’s the problem: there’s too much dialogue. This would be like inviting Russians into the White House the day after the Director of the FBI gets fired. Who would do such a thing? Oh wait.. Never mind.
Of course, Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev denied there was interference in the 2016. Really? Is that surprising?
No rational person would have to go to Moscow to figure that out, unless they are denying what is the overwhelming consensus by the Intelligence Community. Then again, what could the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Advisor, and Director of the FBI know? Why are they alone on the island of Russia election hacking?
Kosachev is the chairman of the foreign relations committee of Russia’s senate and guess what, he is subject to U.S. sanctions. Which by the way, Paul says Washington has “sanctions hysteria” and wants to ease sanctions against Russia.
And of course, what’s a trip to Moscow without Russians asking for the release of Maria Butina? What am I not seeing?
Russian politician Leonid Slutsky, told the Russian state media: “we hope and expect that our colleagues will conduct the necessary consultations with Washington, and tomorrow we can consult about a roadmap and the plan of actions on Butina’s case.”
You know what you are seeing again? Obstruction of Justice.
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