Posted by CNN's Ashley Killough
August 22nd, 2014 11:42 AM ET
(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Friday for criticizing the President while on a foreign trip.
"America has a proud tradition of letting politics stop at the water’s edge, but Paul doesn’t think that tradition applies to him," Michael Czin, the DNC's press secretary, said in a memo to reporters. “Regardless of political party, we do not go abroad and slam our own because of policy differences.”
The DNC also accused Paul of using the medical trip to Guatemala as a "campaign trip," referencing reports that political ad makers, reporters, and a documentary film crew followed him during the week.
CNN has reached out to Paul's office for a response to the DNC's comments.
Paul told Breitbart that most of his meeting with the Guatemalan president was focused on his humanitarian trip.
“I didn’t intend this to be a political trip,” he said. “But I’m happy to answer questions about what came up in the meeting."