The media may have blown up the story beyond what it was: political name-calling on the Senate floor between two Republican senators on foreign policy. Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain was upset at Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s remarks on admitting Montenegro as a NATO member, and said that Paul was working for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Per The Hill, it really was not as bad as it appeared in the headlines:
“He has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians,” McCain said from the Senate floor.
“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
It does not appear that anyone has to fact-check this accusation made on the U.S. Senate floor by McCain. Name-calling and accusations often fly in the political arena, but this is a new type of political battle between sitting Republican senators.