Sen. Rand Paul: I’ve Been Consistent in Saying No President Should Be King, Including My President

By Melanie Arter | May 13, 2019 | 3:49pm EDT
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( – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” that he’s been consistent with his criticism of President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama.

Paul said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) was “a hypocrite,” because he was all for President Obama using executive privilege, and now he’s against this president.”

Stephanopolous played a previous interview Paul did criticizing Obama for using executive power.

In the clip, Paul said, “Someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that's someone who wants to act like a monarch. The president acts like he’s a king. Not only is it an abuse of power, I think it’s almost leads us to a constitutional crisis of sorts. The president can't just do what he wants, he's not a king, he has to really get approval from Congress.”


When challenged about his criticism of Obama versus his support of Trump, Paul said, “For your viewers, you will also need to remind them that I opposed the president when he unconstitutionally -- Obama tried to make DACA or immigration law without Congress.

“I also opposed President Trump when he tried to spend money that wasn't appropriated. So I think I’m entirely consistent in saying no president should be king. That includes my president,” the congressman said.

“So I took a lot of heat from people in my party by saying, well, you can't spend money that wasn't appropriated by Congress, but I did stand up with 12 other Republicans and say the same thing that I said for President Trump under President Obama, and I think that is consistent,” he added.

“With regard to executive privilege, I never said one word about President Obama on whether or not he should have to divulge all the material within the administration. I said that he couldn't create immigration law without Congress first creating the law. I said the same to President Trump. You can't spend money without Congress first appropriating it,” Paul said.


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