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 StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanFormer aide sentenced for helping ex-congressman in fraud scheme Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme Rising expectations could change North Korea forever MORE (R-Texas) was the first to make the comparison.


Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales 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.