“Trump Derangement Syndrome has officially come to the Senate,” said Republican Senator Rand Paul, as he called on lawmakers to drop their “crazy hatred” of the US president and instead focus on renewed diplomacy with Russia. The senator from Kentucky made the comments during a House session on Thursday. Taking to the floor to oppose a resolution from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, which would have demanded Trump sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation, Paul lambasted “partisan” critics of the president, accusing them of preferring to risk war with Russia instead of giving diplomacy and peace a chance.

“The hatred of the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance,” he said.

“I would rather than we still have open channels of discussion with the Russians,” Paul added.

Paul maintained that leaders in Moscow and Washington had always engaged in diplomacy even when they seemed to be on the brink of conflict during the Cold War.

“Does anybody remember that Ronald Reagan sat down with Gorbachev and we lessened the nuclear tensions?” he queried.

He continued: “Kennedy, at the height of the Cold War, had a direct line to Khrushchev, and it may have prevented the end of the world. Should we be so crazy about partisanship that we now say we don’t want to talk to the Russians? Are we not going to have relations with the Russians?”