Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered some red meat to the Texas GOP convention on Friday, suggesting that, instead of Guantanamo Bay detainees, President Barack Obama should use Democrats such as Hillary Clinton as a bargaining chip in any future dealings with the Taliban.
“Mr. President, you love to trade people,” he told a supportive crowd in Fort Worth, according to Politico.
“Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats?" he joked. "I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi ...”
The Kentucky Republican, who is making moves toward a presidential run in 2016, also criticized the administration for failing to properly notify Congress before the trade for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Saturday.
“I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been a little bit annoyed with the president,” he added. “Releasing five Taliban senior officials is not only against the law, it’s illegal and wrong and he should never have done it.”
Paul skipped a classified briefing held by administration officials this week detailing the exchange and the reasons for the secrecy.