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Sen. Lindsey Graham prank called by Russians

Sen. Lindsey Graham was pranked by two Russians posing as members of Turkey's government. (Source: CNN/Pool)
Sen. Lindsey Graham was pranked by two Russians posing as members of Turkey's government. (Source: CNN/Pool)(GIM)
Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 10:49 PM EDT
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Sen. Lindsey Graham got pranked by Russians pretending to be from Turkey.

That’s according to an announcement made by his office Thursday.

The call happened in August.

A spokesperson for Graham confirmed to CNN that the South Carolina Republican spoke with two Russian pranksters in a conversation he thought was with Turkey’s defense minister.

According to audio of the call

, Graham called the Kurds a “threat” to Turkey.

That assessment appears to contradict his public statements in recent days regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of the way of a Turkish invasion of Syria.

The attack has been widely condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for putting American allies such as the Kurds in harm’s way.

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