Republicans lashed out over Twitter on Wednesday at the closing of the World War II Memorial, saying President Obama was doing a better job of guarding it than he did the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas) was the first to make the comparison.


Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulBrexit leader Farage pushing US-UK trade deal to Trump Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk GOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency MORE (R-Ky.) followed.


The National Park Service opened the World War II Memorial Wednesday to visiting veterans after the site became a flashpoint of controversy.

A busload of veterans arrived early on Tuesday to visit the memorial, but it had already been barricaded because of the government shutdown. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle rushed to the site to score political points off the optics of veterans being barred from visiting their memorial.

Paul has been a vocal critic of the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.