Paul is an ophthalmologist by training and joined six eye surgeons who restored vision to dozens of impoverished Haitians. Many lived for years in blindness because of ailments such as cataracts that are easily treated in the United States.
The trip offered the Kentucky senator a brief respite from a presidential campaign in which his standing has slipped substantially in recent weeks. But the 2016 election — especially billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s part in it — was a regular topic of conversation when Paul wasn’t in the operating room.
The tea party firebrand intensified criticism of rivals in both parties and vowed to continue pressing Trump “until he fades away.”