August is sizzling in Texas, and what better way to beat the heat than a quick summer getaway – to Russia? That’s right, folks. Just a few weeks after Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin posed together for the cameras in Helsinki, Texas State Senator Don Huffines (R- Greenville) joined Russia defender Sen. Rand Paul on a trip to Moscow. The mission? To “increase engagement” with our Russian neighbors.
According to the Washington Post, the trip was not official diplomacy, with the US Embassy disavowing it, saying “Sen. Rand Paul is visiting Russia as part of a private group.”
Why would a member of the Texas Legislature need to do that?
And why would a member of the Texas Legislature need to have an unofficial meeting with the Russians, in Russia? While his spokesman claims he paid for the trip, how can we really know?