2 GOP Senators Run Afoul of Trump Allies

Fox's Lou Dobbs likens Mike Lee to Benedict Arnold over the senator's Iran criticism
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2020 8:53 AM CST
2 GOP Senators Run Into Criticism From Trump Allies
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a Capitol Hill file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After the White House briefed senators Wednesday on the decision to kill Iran's top commander, it was no big surprise that Democrats voiced criticism at the rationale. A bit more surprising was the criticism from two Republican senators, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. Lee in particular was heated. "It was probably the worst briefing I've seen at least on a military issue in the nine years I've served in the United States Senate," he told reporters. He objected to theTrump administration telling senators not to publicly debate the president's decision, calling it "insulting and demeaning," reports the Hill. On Fox News Wednesday night, Trump ally Lou Dobbs likened Lee to a famous American traitor, notes the Daily Beast.

"Senator Mike Lee having something of a snit fit today," Dobbs said, referring to what he called Lee's "Benedict Arnold impression." Another Trump ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, faulted both his fellow senators. "They're libertarians," said Graham. "I think they're overreacting, quite frankly." Later on CNN, Paul accused Graham of a "gutter-type response" and said Graham needed to brush up on how the Constitution gives Congress a say about war powers, per Fox News. "I think it's sad when people have this fake sort of drape of patriotism and anybody that disagrees with them is not a patriot," Paul told Wolf Blitzer. (Both Lee and Paul say they will side with Democrats in a Senate war powers vote expected for next week.)

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