Donald Trump praised Republican Senator Rand Paul during a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday after the lawmaker insisted that the media name the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal, with the U.S. president calling the proposal "excellent".
The president campaigned Friday in MS, trying to boost Republican Tate Reeves in a tight governor's race against Democrat Jim Hood.
President Trump himself also called numerous time for the whistleblower to testify publicly.
But Paul's comments drew intense criticism from many who accused him of putting the anonymous US intelligence officer in danger, a firestorm that turned the senator's name into a top trending term on Twitter with more than 63,000 mentions.
After rallying in MS on Friday ahead that state's close gubernatorial race, Monday's rally will be the president's latest push to drum up support before voters head to the polls on Tuesday, in what could be seen as the first big test of Trump's electoral support amid an intensifying impeachment inquiry. Staged behind Trump were dozens of supporters wearing white T-shirts bearing the slogan: "Read the transcript".
About 30 minutes into his remarks, Trump invited Paul onstage, calling him "a great warrior" and "a great guy".
Trump praised GOP Sen. "And the job he's done one of the best in the country if not the best, he's been incredible". He denounced the impeachment probe.
"President Trump has great courage. He faces down the fake media everyday".
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Continuing his strategy of nationalizing the race, Bevin urged Kentucky voters to send a message to congressional Democrats advancing the impeachment of the president. "I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name", said Paul, reports USA Today.
The senator went on to demand that his fellow lawmakers subpoena former vice president Joe Biden's son Hunter and the whistleblower, earning approving nods from Trump. Earlier Monday, he declined written answers from the whistleblower, saying the individual "must be brought forward to testify".
Trump descended on the Bluegrass State as Bevin is in a bitter re-election fight with Andy Beshear, the Democratic attorney general and a Kentucky political heir.
"Wow, that was excellent", Trump said after his supporters quieted. Another called Paul's remarks about the whistleblower "deeply irresponsible". "VOTE REPUBLICAN", Trump tweeted. The senator also raised concerns, as have many others, about the whistleblower's safety.
If Democrats do win control, they have the chance to make those gun reforms happen and further expand Medicaid.
She added, "This person is a whistle-blower".
Meanwhile, conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr., rallied behind Paul. They could also raise the state's minimum wage and pass the ERA - a USA constitutional amendment stating that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex". I'd like it to be more like 10-12.