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Paul: Graham 'a danger to the country' for seeking military authorization for North Korea

Paul: Graham 'a danger to the country' for seeking military authorization for North Korea
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Former Missouri senator says backing Hawley was 'worst mistake of my life' MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday blasted Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.) for drafting an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in North Korea should President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE’s forthcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un go south. 

“Lindsey Graham is a danger to the country by even proposing ideas like authorizing war with Korea,” Paul said on CNN.

“So that should be something that is seen as naive and seen as something that really serious people shouldn’t even be discussing,” he added.

Paul was responding to Graham’s earlier comments on ABC’s “This Week,” in which the South Carolina senator said he’d already drafted an AUMF. 

“I hope I never have to use it, but if you want to convince North Korea and China that things are different with Trump, then Congress has to have his back,” said Graham, who has previously expressed support for military use in North Korea if needed.

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Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore at 9 a.m. local time, which is 9 p.m. Eastern time. The historic summit marks the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader. 

Paul, who is a staunch opponent of U.S. involvement in foreign wars, has previously gone after Graham for his comments about military involvement overseas. 

On Monday, Paul ratcheted up his past rhetoric, hitting his colleague for having “a naive worldview.” 

“If you’ve watched over time I think what you’ve seen from Lindsey Graham is basically a naive worldview where he believes that war is always the answer and that also means that expenditures for war are always the answer,” Paul said. “And so I think that’s bankrupting us as a country.”

Paul and Graham are among the multiple Republicans who ultimately lost the 2016 presidential nomination to Trump.