Paul, who is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted the Saudis as a sponsor of global terrorism and as responsible for human rights abuses in Yemen.
“We have to think through this idea that everything is going to be blindly for Saudi Arabia, they’re involved in a war in Yemen where tens of thousands of civilians are dying,” Paul said.
“Anyone remember who attacked us on 9/11?” he said. “Anybody heard of a madrassa? They have 20,000 madrassas in Pakistan funded by the Saudis that teach hatred of Christians, hatred of Jews, hatred of Hindus, throughout the world."
“Why do we have worldwide terrorism? The Saudis fund it,” he added.
Paul’s comments add pressure on the Trump administration, which is already reviewing options to further punish Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. has already yanked visas for Saudi nationals in the United States.