Rand Paul Defends Decision To Expose Fellow Senators To Coronavirus
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) drew criticism this week after reports that he attended the Senate gym while awaiting the results of his coronavirus test, potentially putting others at risk for catching the deadly disease.
But the Republican lawmaker defended his actions on Monday and lobbed his own criticism aimed at the current testing guidelines that, were they followed in his case, would not have called for a test at all.
“For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol,” Paul said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“The current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined," he continued. "It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung, that led me to get tested.”
Paul said at the time of his test, he had no symptoms of Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, nor did he have any known contact with an infected person.
His statement concluded by calling for Americans to stand together, rather than pointing fingers.
“The broader the testing and the less finger-pointing we have, the better,” he said. “America is strong. We are a resilient people, but we’re stronger when we stand together.”
Among the critics of Paul’s decision to potentially expose others to the virus while awaiting his test results was fellow Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who said his actions were “absolutely irresponsible.”