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Liz Cheney and Rand Paul extend war of words

BALTIMORE — House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO Democrat Matt Putorti challenges Stefanik for NY House seat MORE (Wyo.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why Fauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message MORE (R-Ky.) extended their war of words on Friday, with the Wyoming Republican arguing that Americans are not supportive of Paul's isolationist views.

“The American people — Republicans, in particular — are not isolationists," Cheney told reporters during a leadership press conference at the House GOP retreat.

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She went on to praise President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE's support for the military, while noting Paul has broken with the president on some key votes.

“One of the most important things that the president has done since he's been in office is devoted the resources we need for our military, an effort that Sen. Paul has not supported,” Cheney said.

Paul responded by issuing a statement saying: “Few people have been as wrong on foreign policy over the last few years as the neocons and Liz Cheney. The Twitter exchange represents a real and significant debate on the future of our foreign policy between realists like myself and NeverTrumper neoconservatives like Cheney.”

The exchange of insults began earlier this week and consisted of Paul criticizing Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. He also accused her of “warmongering” and being a “NeverTrump” supporter.

The Wyoming Republican was quick to swipe back, tweeting that Paul puts “Terrorists First, America Second."

The squabble between the two GOP lawmakers comes as speculation grows over whether Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, will launch a bid to replace retiring GOP Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality Lummis adopts 'laser eyes' meme touting Bitcoin MORE (Wyo.). If Cheney enters the race, she would be going up against former Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisThe rule allowing predatory loans from fake lenders must go now Rick Scott introduces bill banning 'vaccine passports' for domestic flights Hillicon Valley: Amazon facing lawsuits alleging racial, gender bias | Senate Commerce panel advances Biden's top science nominee | Colonial Pipeline CEO to testify on Capitol Hill in June MORE (R-Wyo.), who is supported by Paul, in the primary.

Cheney also told reporters on Friday that she has "enjoyed" the back and forth with Paul.

"You know, here I had been thinking the Senate is dull," she said.

“It was an enlightening exchange of views," she added. "I think there are key issues at the heart of that disagreement and those are really important issues for us to be debating, for us to be discussing. They're issues that surround whether or not you put America first, as President Trump does, or blame America first as Rand Paul does and has for years."

Updated at 1:06 p.m.