Rand Paul: Obama Should Tell Pope Francis 'He Won't Spy on Him Anymore'
What should President Obama discuss with Pope Francis when the two meet at the Vatican on Thursday? Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on the president to make amends for a reported intrusion into the Vatican's privacy.
In October, Italian media reported that the NSA had eavesdropped on phone calls into and out of the papal conclave. The NSA denied the allegation.
"I guess maybe [Obama] could tell the Pope he's not gonna spy on him anymore," said Paul. But he also suggested that President Obama should explain why he is preventing private businesses from making faith-based decisions about health care for their employees.
Paul referenced the Hobby Lobby case going before the Supreme Court. The company argues that the federal government, through ObamaCare, cannot force it to pay for contraceptive services for their employees.
"Most of us, whether you're Republican or Democrat, believe in freedom of speech. We also believe in free exercise of your religion, but if they're telling you that your tax dollars have to go to something you find morally reprehensible, I think that's not free exercise of religion," said Paul.
Watch the full interview above, starting with the senator's thoughts on the White House's reported plan to end the NSA's bulk collection of phone call data.