Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulDestructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton We can put America first by preventing public health disasters MORE (R-Ky.) said late Tuesday that Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) could create “World War III” with his foreign policy toward Russia.
“I think if you’re in favor of World War III, you have your candidate,” he said of Christie during the fifth GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas.
“It is a recipe for disaster. I think when we think about the judgment of someone who might want World War III, we might think about someone who might shut down a bridge because they don’t like their friends.”
Christie countered that Russian President Vladimir Putin is putting more lives in danger with his actions in Syria.
“If you think a no-fly zone is a reckless policy, you’re welcome to your opinion,” he said.
“But how’s it working so far when we have 200,000 Syrians murdered, slaughtered and millions more running around the world?” he asked. “It’s not working.”
Christie initially drew Paul’s ire during the debate by promising he would never let Putin violate a no-fly zone over Syria.
“A no-fly zone means a no-fly zone,” he told CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer. “Maybe it’s because I’m from New Jersey, I have this kind of plain language hang-up.
“Not only would I be prepared to do it, I would do it,” Christie added of shooting down Russian jets which violated a no-fly zone.
Putin favors keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power despite the longstanding rebellion against his government.
President Obama has opposed Putin’s stance by instead backing Syria’s rebellion against Assad.