Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) was not mincing words for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) on the floor of the United States Senate on Thursday afternoon.
McCain had called for a vote on a resolution that would allow for the tiny territory of Montenegro to join NATO (and subsequently receive pledged military protections from the United States), and read protocol boiler plate language to move forward with a vote. McCain had prefaced the vote with a disclaimer that there was no known reason to vote against or object to the resolution, and that a vote to block it would be to the satisfaction of Vladimir Putin, who has been on an offensive against the tiny Serbian breakaway country in his ongoing attempts at expanding Russia’s reach.
It was at that time that Paul inexplicably objected and left the chamber without providing a justification or a reason for the response.
Of course, members of the Senate are not required to provide justification, and Paul stated in a later interview that he did not feel it wise to dedicate more military resources into foreign military situations. Still, the resolution was favored almost unanimously by members of the Senate including most Republicans.
McCain angrily accused him of now working for Vladimir Putin, a dramatic moment that you catch here now: