The first Republican senator to endorse Donald Trump for president, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, said he is backing the businessman, adding that he hopes to have a relationship with him that can be as close as possible.
“I don’t think we can get too far ahead of ourselves.
We can get very close to each other,” Paul told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”
Paul said he doesn’t want to be seen as a “bully” for endorsing Trump, saying he is willing to be an ally.
“And the way to do that is to say, ‘Look, I’m going to support you because I’m not afraid of you,'” he said.
“When you’re afraid of someone, you can’t make decisions for them.
That’s why I think you’re going to have to work with them to get there.
And I think that’s the only way to get ahead of yourselves.”
The Kentucky Republican has not endorsed a presidential candidate, but he has taken a tough stance against Trump’s past comments.
“My first priority is always the well-being of our veterans, our veterans who are going to serve their country,” he said in May, after Trump said he could have killed a protester in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“The only way we’re going get the country back on the right track is to do what we said we would do when we took office: Stop the bloodshed and start the healing.”
Trump was forced to defend himself and his comments on Charlottesville after video surfaced of him talking about killing protesters in the city.
The Republican has repeatedly denied he was racist.ABC News’ David Shuster contributed to this report.