Paul calls into Wyoming TV station to talk Cheney feud

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.) called into a Wyoming TV station this week to discuss his feud with Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history GOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze MORE (R-Wyo.) and said that he thought Western Republicans aligned with him on foreign policy issues like Afghanistan.

Pressed during the interview with KTWO about what Wyoming residents would think about him calling one of their lawmakers "warmonger Cheney," Paul said that he thought some Wyoming lawmakers were "offended" by Cheney "calling out the president all the time." 

"Well, you know I've been to Wyoming. I read recently the editorial by your representative Jared Olsen and Tyler Lindholm and they are kind of offended by Liz Cheney calling out the president all the time and advocating for war," Paul told KTWO. 


"I really think that the Western Republicans, the one that I've met in Wyoming and the ones I've met throughout the West, are very, very independent. They're tired of spending $50 billion a year in Afghanistan. They're tired of building roads in Afghanistan. They're tired of $45 million gas stations in Afghanistan and $90 million hotels. I think a lot of people in Wyoming would rather see that money spent at home," Paul continued. 

Paul appeared to be referencing an op-ed by Olsen and Lindholm, two Wyoming state representatives, in The Washington Examiner titled "Liz Cheney should stop carping at Trump for rejecting endless war." 

Cheney and Paul have been engaged in a days-long feud with each over which one actually stands with — and has the support of — President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE, particularly on foreign policy.

Paul — a libertarian-leaning senator who is at odds with many of his Republican colleagues on foreign policy — tweeted out the Washington Examiner op-ed critical of Cheney on Wednesday and questioned why "neocons continue to advocate for endless wars.”


Cheney quickly fired back on Twitter, saying she stood with Trump and that Paul "seems to have forgotten that today is 9/11." 

The fight escalated from there with Paul nicknaming the House member "warmonger Cheney" and Cheney calling the GOP senator a "big loser." 

Trump, who ran in 2016 on an isolationist foreign policy at odds with many in his party, has at times frustrated congressional Republicans with his foreign policy strategy. Trump announced over the weekend that he had canceled a previously unannounced meeting with the Taliban at Camp David. 

Neither Cheney nor Paul are showing signs of backing down from their feud. 

Cheney dug into the fight on Friday while talking to reporters at the House Republican retreat in Baltimore. She said that while Trump will "put America first," Paul will "blame America first." 


“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 quickly fired back on Twitter by grouping Cheney in with "Never Trumper neoconservatives." 

"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," he tweeted.