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‘I could make your life hell’: Lindsey Graham threatens Defense Secretary Esper over Africa withdrawal

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According to a report from NBC, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly had a confrontation with Defense Secretary Mike Esper in Germany where the two were attending the Munich Security Conference, with the Republican lawmaker telling Esper he could easily make administration official’s life “hell.”

According to the report, the two were part of the U.S. delegation that was reportedly “dumbstruck” by the hostile reception they received from world leaders which included more than a few speeches that were highly critical of the policies of Donald Trump.

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NBC reports that Graham is upset that Esper might pull U.S. troops out of Africa which the South Carolina Republican opposes.

According to the report, “Sen. Lindsey Graham and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, uniting against a Trump administration idea to withdraw U.S. troops from part of Africa, pushed back during a fiery exchange with Defense Secretary Mark Esper here over the weekend, according to four people present at or familiar with the meeting.”

At issue was lawmakers insisting they would not support a U.S. troop withdrawal from the Sahel region in Africa with Graham taking the lead.

The reports states, “At one point, Graham warned Esper that there would be consequences if the Pentagon withdrew all troops from the region. Graham told Esper that he could “make your life hell,” according to the four people. One member present said Graham, [Democratic Sen. Chris] Coons and several other lawmakers laid out their case ‘forcefully.'”

NBC reports that this is not the first time Graham has gotten into it with a Defense Secretary while overseas.

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“Last year, NBC News reported that during a meeting on the sidelines of the 2019 Munich Security Conference, Graham had a ‘tense’ and ‘heated’ exchange with Esper’s predecessor, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, over Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria,” the report states. “Officials said that at the 2019 meeting, Graham unleashed expletives at Shanahan and told Shanahan that he should consider him ‘an adversary.'”

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