Jun 2, 2024 - Politics & Policy

🍨 Scoop: Rand Paul's tension with Trump

Rand Paul speaks to reporters with a bright light in the upper left corner.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky). Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

The tension between Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Trump's team has been rising, as Paul has questioned Trump's commitment to cut spending.

  • Paul is among a dwindling number of Republicans who've refused to publicly back the former president as the GOP's 2024 nominee.
  • And those in Trump's orbit are getting antsy about it.
  • "There's a growing sentiment in Trumpworld that Rand can't be trusted, and it's a great disappointment," Trump ally and consultant Alex Bruesewitz told Axios.

🥊 Paul questioned Trump's spending plans during a heated exchange with top Trump ally Russell Vought during a closed-door meeting on May 22, Axios has learned.

  • Paul railed at Vought about the Trump administration's massive spending, according to two sources familiar with what was said in the session.
  • Vought urged Republicans to push this year's government funding fight to 2025 — partly to allow a potential Trump administration to slash funding.

🤔 The intrigue: Paul also has a budding relationship with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — whose independent run for president has garnered significant support, prompting the Biden and Trump campaigns to attack.

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