Sen. Rand Paul criticized his Republican colleague John McCain on Sunday after the Arizona senator said President Donald Trump's relentless attempt to delegitimize the press "is how dictators get started."
"Everything that he 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," Sen. Paul told ABC's "This Week."
Paul insisted "If someone tries to put limits on the press, I'll be the first one standing up for the right of press, left and right, to continue saying and being part of the discussion and forwarding the discussion. . . . But I see no evidence that anybody is putting forward any kind of legislation to limit the press."
Paul further lashed out at the Arizona senator, saying the U.S. is "very lucky" McCain, who as the 2008 Republican nominee lost to Barack Obama in the elections, is not president, "because I think we would be in perpetual war . . . McCain's complaint is we're either not at war somewhere, or if we're at war, we leave too soon. So, we're not there soon enough, and he wants us to stay forever wherever we send troops."
Paul, who is an advocate of a noninterventionist foreign policy, said "The idea of foreign policy realism, I think, fits more neatly with President Trump" and argued "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."
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