Cheney, Paul, duke out foreign policy split in Trump's GOP

House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney R-Wyo. and Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky

House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney R-Wyo. and Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky

Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Liz Cheney are engaged in a tense war of words over the USA presence in Afghanistan, with Paul, a Kentucky Republican, accusing Cheney of wanting to engage in "endless wars" and the Wyoming Republican calling Paul a "big loser" for his failed 2016 presidential campaign.

The Paul-Cheney dispute comes on the heels of John Bolton's ouster from the Trump administration, which delighted Paul due to his opposition to the hawkishness of the now former national security adviser.

Rand Paul said Thursday the problem with Rep. Liz Cheney and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is that "they've always been never-Trumpers".

"They hate President Trump's foreign policy", the senator said.

A disagreement on 9/11 over John Bolton and USA withdrawal from Afghanistan descended into a full-on Twitter war between Rep. Liz Cheney and Senator Rand Paul, in a sequel to the beef between their fathers over invading Iraq.

Liz Cheney, 53, first elected in 2016, bashed Paul on Twitter on Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, after he tweeted, "Why do some neocons continue to advocate for endless wars?". On September 11, Paul shared an op-ed from two Wyoming state legislators who criticized Cheney for repeatedly pushing Trump toward an aggressive approach to foreign policy.

Cheney then hit back with a pair of tweets, referencing the same debate and his failed presidential run, including: "Weird".

The Twitter war spilled over into Thursday, with Paul countering how Trump "shredded your dad's failed foreign policy and endless wars" and including a report from a 2016 Republican candidates' debate in SC. "I'm just grateful for a president who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars". "Let's focus on America First, not Afghanistan!".