Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a Graham spokesman has admitted to Politico, fell victim to Russian pranksters whom the Republican Senator from South Carolina believed were actually Turkey’s minister of defense.
On that August phone call, Graham called the Kurds a “threat” to Turkey, which is notable when you consider that Graham has been criticizing the Trump Administration this week for “shamelessly abandon[ing]” the Kurds ahead of a Turkish offensive in Northern Syria.
But Graham also expressed sympathy for Turkey’s “Kurdish problem” and described the Kurds as a “threat.” Those private comments appear to contradict his public statements this week, in which he criticized Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria because it’s “wrong to abandon the Kurds, who have been strong allies against” the Islamic State.
Just hours ago, Graham said on his Twitter account: “Very sad to see great ally – the Kurds – being assaulted by Turkish-Erdogan military using American-designed equipment. Expect Congress to act soon against Turkey’s invasion & aggressively push back. Hope Trump Administration will join this effort.”
This is a developing story.
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