Rand Paul slams Trump reversal on military gear for local police

Rand Paul slams Trump reversal on military gear for local police
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSarah Sanders: ‘Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration’ Kentucky Dems look to vault themselves in deep-red district Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday denounced the Trump administration's plan to reverse a ban on local and state police arming themselves with military equipment, saying it would encroach on Americans' liberties.

Paul criticized the decision in a series of tweets, saying that the move would "subsidize militarization" and provide "an illusive and dangerous, or false, security" to Americans. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier in the day that President Trump will sign an executive order on Monday that lifts the controversial ban on the so-called 1033 Pentagon program, reversing policies imposed by the Obama administration.

Trump, who largely campaigned on restoring "law and order," will reopen the gates for police to militarize their departments with heavy-duty arms including armed aircraft, armored vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets, and high-caliber guns and ammunition. 

In 2015, then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHolder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be critical to ensuring successful 2018 elections for Democrats MORE halted the 1033 program after images surfaced showing heavily armed police forces responding to protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

“Those restrictions went too far,” Sessions said on Monday.

“We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, it's about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety,” he added, referring to the flood-ravaged Texas city.

Paul, who has largely advocated for a hands-off government system, said he will oppose the reinstated program and fight any funding bill for it in the Senate.