In a brief interview with CNN’s Manu Raju, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) lamented that he feels “completely betrayed” after the recent assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Graham, who has become President Donald Trump’s golfing buddy, attacked the excuses the Saudi royals were using to convince the world they had nothing to do with the murder.
“The first story was a lie. The second storyline was just manufactured,” Graham said. “The relationship is important but our values are more important … I’ve been the leading supporter along with John McCain of the US-Saudi relationship. I feel completely betrayed.”
It’s unclear if Graham has spoken to his friend about his concerns. The president seems intent that the Saudis had nothing to do with the writer’s death.
Jon Stewart became known for taunting Graham during his time at “The Daily Show,” by describing all of his political comments as a young southern woman.
“This is a debacle,” Stewart said pretending to be Graham after a key foreign policy negotiation was brokered in 2013. “I have not seen a disaster such as this since I arrived at the Beauregard Cotillion with a magnolia in my hair when everyone else was wearin’ orchids!”
Watch the interview below and Steawrt below that:
Lindsey Graham on Saudi: "The first story was a lie. The second storyline was just manufactured. The relationship is important but our values are more important … I've been the leading supporter along with John McCain of the US-Saudi relationship. I feel completely betrayed." pic.twitter.com/HMkf2MWldf
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 22, 2018
Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’
Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.
Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.
"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"
CNN’s Toobin unleashes hell on Trump’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on Stone jury
On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.
"To be honest, I don't know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don't really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn't make a prediction about what she's going to do about the new trial situation," said Toobin. "But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn't volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism..."
Internet shreds ‘incompetent buffoon’ Trump for attack on media covering coronavirus
After two days of massive stock market declines over fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday morning for reporting on the worldwide health hazard -- and was immediately slapped down on Twitter.
According to the president, who also announced a press conference to address the concerns his administration is bungling the response to the crisis, set for Wednesday night: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus (sic) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"