Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) contradicted President Donald Trump blaming his predecessor President Barack Obama for allowing Russia to annex Crimea.
When asked about Trump meeting with Putin, Graham said, “I’m glad he’s meeting, but I’ve got a lot. It’s not Obama’s fault that Crimea was taken by Russia, it’s Russia’s fault. It’s up to President Trump to make sure that we don’t give Russia and Iran Syria. I’m in Turkey. This is a strategically. We’ve got many problems, but people in this region look at us as an unreliable ally. We’ve allowed ISIS to rise by leaving Iraq. We’ve now got ISIS in a good spot, but a lot of people over here are very worried about leaving Syria and giving it to the Iranians and the Russians, which would throw the whole region into chaos.”
He added, “So I’m concerned by what I hear. I’m concerned when the president tweets, you know, Russia denies they meddled in our election. When they say they didn’t meddle, they’re lying. So I’m glad the president is going to confront Putin. Show him the evidence you got, Mr. President, because it’s overwhelming.”
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