With President-elect Donald Trump making his selections for his cabinet, Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been incredibly vocal to the point of aggressive when it comes to Trump's secretary of state pick.
Appearing on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett, the Senator addressed Trump selecting Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, saying that he's willing to give Tillerson a chance so long as he agrees with Trump about nation building being a bad avenue for our country to continue forward with.
After some talk about Tillerson's past associations with Russia, Burnett asked Paul about his and Trump's previous words about one another during the tumultuous primary, and whether or not Trump is someone he's willing to work with now.
"Campaigns are obviously rough and tumble, and we had our moments, but yes, I think I will be," said Paul. "I worked with President Obama. I am who I am no matter whether it's a Republican president or Democrat president."
"I've also vowed that I'm not voting for a Republican budget — no matter who's for it — if it never leads to balance," continued Paul. "That's going to happen on January 3rd when we come back here. So I am someone who represents a conservative state, a conservative position, balanced budgets, no more addition of debt, and also someone who believes in some of the things Donald Trump has talked about in foreign policy. That we should have less intervention overseas."
This means that Paul, while willing to work with Trump, is not going to go soft on him should he step out of conservative guidelines. Depending on the decisions Trump makes in regards to foreign policy, and budgeting, Paul could either be Trump's best friend, or his most staunch opponent.