Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Wednesday joined with other conservative congressmen in calling for Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., to step down as House Republican Conference chair, CNN reports.
"I don't think she's good for the country,” Paul said of Cheney, the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, in an interview with CNN.
He added that Cheney is attempting to “sabotage” President Donald Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Germany, which she called a “serious error” that would have “grave consequences,” last month.
"I think one of the good things about President Trump is he's tried to end the war in Afghanistan after 20 years," he said. "Liz Cheney was one of the main obstacles to ending the war."
Paul said, "I'm not a big fan of the perpetual war caucus. And these are the neoconservatives in our party that really try to prevent us from trying to disengage from a war."
He also said he was “really disappointed” that she endorsed a primary challenger to Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie.
The senator joins with Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and other House conservatives who criticized Cheney in a meeting on Tuesday, with Gaetz later publicly calling for her to step down as leader of the House GOP conference.
Cheney told Fox News on Wednesday that “it’s a healthy thing for us to have those kinds of debates and discussions,” referring to the meeting. “I’m sure we’ll have more as things go along, but, the fundamental point here is that we’re unified in making sure that President Trump is reelected in November, that [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] is no longer speaker, that we take back the majority in the House and that we ensure that we hold the majority in the Senate.”
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