Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Joe Biden has ‘blood on his hands’ after overseeing the chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and said he will ‘never forgive’ the man he has known for decades.
Graham and Biden forged a friendship during their years together in the Senate. Graham would later become a pal and ally of President Donald Trump, despite clashing during the presidential campaign, when Trump read aloud Graham’s personal cell phone number during campaign rallies.
He told Fox News Wednesday that Biden’s withdrawal policy – which left left Americans behind still trying to leave the country and featured a terror attack on troops guarding the Kabul airport – was unforgiveable.
‘I’ve known Joe Biden for a long time, I had a good personal relationship with him. He’s a decent man. But what he did in Afghanistan I will never forgive him for, he has blood on his hands, and he’s made America less safe,’ Graham told Fox.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News he will ‘never forgive’ President Biden for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
He tore into Biden during the interview – calling him ‘dishonorable.’
‘And he’s been the most consistently wrong man on foreign policy in my lifetime. And I can’t wait until the next election to stop this socialist train on the domestic side, and have a chance to get a commander in chief that knows how to keep this country safe,’ Graham said.
‘When it comes to Joe Biden he’s made America less safe, he’s acted in a very dishonorable way, and to all of the veterans who served in Afghanistan, I know you’re hurting. And you have a reason to be hurting but keep your chin up it wasn’t your fault,’ he said.
Interviewer Bill Hemmer told Graham: ‘Senator, I know you can be emotional at times but not like this. Your language is quite stirring. And it’s very direct. Where is that coming from?’
Graham cited a ‘good personal relationship’ with Biden, whom he called ‘dishonorable’
Biden, who spoke Thursday during an event to commemorate Veterans Day at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, called Graham a ‘personal disappointment’
Graham pointed to 2007 comments by Biden warning of the risks of withdrawal from Iraq
Graham spoke of the chaos of the U.S. withdrawal
Then-President Donald J. Trump (L), alongside Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham (R), play golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, USA, 18 July 2020
In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Brig. Gen. Farrell J. Sullivan, the commander of the Naval Amphibious Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, speaks to a service member of the Italian coalition force during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
Graham responded: ‘I feel so bad, I feel so bad for our nation. I felt so bad – everybody in the world thinks we’re weak. All the people who count on us now are wondering should you be aligned with America. This decision in Afghanistan not only will it stay around politically; from a national security point of view, we’re in a world of hurt.’
He blasted Biden’s decision to carry out a total troop withdrawal. Biden did so after extending a withdrawal deadline negotiated under the Trump administration, although some top military leaders urged him to keep a troop presence.
‘Not only will it stick for a long time because it was a dishonorable thing to do. All the military advisors told President Biden that if you pull the plug completely, if you withdrawal all of our forces the country will collapse, the Taliban will take back over. And Al-Qaeda will have a safe haven to strike our own nation,’ Graham said.
Graham’s denunciation was just the latest chapter in the soap opera of his personal relations with presidents.
He called Trump a ‘jackass’ who ‘shouldn’t be commander in chief’ as well as a ‘race-baiting, xenophobic bigot’ during the 2016 campaign.
He went on to become a key advisor of Trump’s, golfing with him frequently during his tenure.
After the election, he parroted some of Trump’s claims of election fraud, and he is accused of trying to get a Georgia election official to toss mail-in ballots in counties that went for Biden.
Biden told late night host Stephen Colbert CBS in December: ‘Lindsey’s been a personal disappointment because I was a personal friend of his.’
Then, after the Jan. 6th Capitol riot, Graham gave a fiery Senate floor speech speech where he said: ‘Maybe I, above all others in this body need to say this: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States.