Graham says friendship with Biden is at breaking point over withdrawal from Afghanistan

Its. Lindsey grahamLindsey Olin Graham GOP Spending Bill Strategy: Get Democrats to Take Hard Votes Republican centrists are facing increased attacks from their own party. (RS.C.) said on Thursday his personal relationship with President BidenJoe BidenJudge Rejects Trump’s Request to Delay Release of Jan.6 Papers Amid Appeal On Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation Night Defense and National Security: Russia Concerns Increase MORE he reached a breaking point after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which brought him to a point where he said he will “never forgive” the president.

Graham, during an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” said the problems that arose with the troop withdrawal were “so preventable” before reflecting on his damaged personal relationship with the president.

“I have known Joe Biden for a long time, I had a good personal relationship with him. He is a decent man. But I will never forgive him for what he did in Afghanistan, his hands are stained with blood and he has made America less safe, ”Graham said.

He said Biden has been “the most wrong foreign policy man in my life,” adding that “when it comes to Joe Biden, he has made America less safe, he has acted in a very dishonorable way.”

“I can’t wait until the next election to stop this socialist train on the domestic side and have the opportunity to get a commander-in-chief who knows how to keep this country safe,” the senator said.

The personal relationship between Graham and Biden has been widely known for years, beginning when the two served together in the Senate, though the friendship appears to be fading amid tense partisanship across Washington.

Graham talked about his friendship with Biden in 2015, vocation the then vice president “the kindest person I think I’ve ever met in politics” and “the kindest man God ever created.”

“If you can’t look up to Joe Biden as a person, you have a problem. You need to do a self-assessment, because what are you not going to like? Graham added.

In December, however, their relationship reached a public breakdown when Biden, during an interview, called Graham “a personal disappointment” when asked about their relationship.

The senator, a close ally of the former President TrumpDonald Trump Three men charged with fraud in PAC scheme of .5 million scams Judge rejects Trump’s request to delay release of Jan.6 documents amid appeal Prince Harry says he warned Dorsey from Twitter on the January 6 riots MORE, was initially slow to acknowledge Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. He had also called for a special prosecutor to investigate the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the president’s son.

Graham dismissed Biden’s criticism days later, saying he likes both the then-president-elect and Jill bidenJill Biden The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – The Republican Party Dealt a Coup in 2022, Observe the Trump-Era Troubles Biden touts the agenda as he celebrates the Milwaukee Bucks at the White House 12:30 PM Report The Hill: Democrats await CBO score for social spending bill MORE before noting that he was “disappointed” that Biden “had no idea” and let his son take advantage of his position as vice president.

Their relationship reached a boiling point amid the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August when Graham said “I think Joe Biden deserves to be accused” for his handling of the withdrawal.

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