Thursday, July 19, 2018

Rand Paul Blocks Bill Brimming with ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused his colleagues Thursday of allowing “Trump Derangement Syndrome” to damage the Senate as he rejected language from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) resolution urging President Donald Trump to submit himself to cross-examination by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ has officially come to the Senate,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “The hatred for the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance.”

Paul encouraged senators to give Trump a chance in trying to reset the United States’ relationship with Russia in the wake of the ongoing 2016 U.S. presidential election interference scandal. But Trump faced intense bipartisan backlash after making remarks during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, in Helsinki, Finland, spurring the president to issue clarifications on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In particular, Trump emphasized Tuesday that he has “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies” and has pledged to “repel” any future election interference attempts by Russia or others.

A separate Senate resolution offered support for the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and urged Trump to implement further sanctions against Russia.

The resolution also sought “prompt hearings and the release of relevant note[s] and information” about the Helsinki summit as part of congressional oversight. Democrats are angry because Trump and Putin had only two interpreters present in their private Helsinki meeting.

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