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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused fellow Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin, following Paul’s vote to block the consideration of a treaty that would allow Montenegro into the United Nations, reports the Washington Examiner.
“If there’s objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin,” McCain warned. “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.”
McCain tried to call up the treaty and warned that anyone blocking it would be helping Russia maintain its influence over the small country across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, reports the Examiner.
When McCain attempted to ask for consent to call up a resolution that would have the U.S. ratify the treaty if approved, Paul was quick to object.
“I object,” Paul said before quickly leaving the Senate. Paul’s move shocked McCain, who said Paul didn’t appear to have any good reason for objecting, says the Examiner.
That is really remarkable,” McCain said. “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.”
“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made,” he said.
“Currently, the United States has troops in dozens of countries and is actively fighting in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen (with the occasional drone strike in Pakistan). In addition, the United States is pledged to defend 28 countries in NATO. It is unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt.”