Senator Lindsey Graham sounded off on President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the intelligence community, calling his recent comments not “helpful.”
“I don’t think it is helpful for the Commander-in-Chief to question the competency, loyalty of those who are risking their lives to defend the nation, and the last thing I would say about anybody working in the American intelligence community is to compare them to Nazi Germany,” The South Carolina Republican told reporters Friday.
WATCH: Not healthy to question the competency and loyalty of US intel community, Sen. Graham says of pres.-elect’s “Nazi Germany?” tweet. pic.twitter.com/FnhnLNx97i
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) January 12, 2017
Trump blasted intelligence agencies in a tweet on Wednesday following the leak of a report later published by BuzzFeed that alleged compromising information about the president-elect.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Graham proceeded to take a thinly-veiled jab at his fellow Republican lawmakers.
“I can only imagine,” Graham continued, “what we would have said if a Democrat said that.”
The Republican senator apparently inspired many Democrats who cheered his remarks on Twitter where users issued a collective round of applause.
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— Ante Cirko (@CirkoAnte) January 13, 2017
— Michelle (@Bing7789) January 12, 2017
— Angie (@ambowie) January 13, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews Lindsey Graham having a Glenn Beck styled coming to Jesus moment right before our very eyes
— Michael JW (@mikeyj916) January 13, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews My respect and admiration for Sen Graham has done a 180.
— Tom Ehlers (@ehlers5150_tom) January 12, 2017
— Black Opium (@tiffrageous) January 12, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews When did Lindsey Graham grow a pair?
— (((Buzz))) (@Burger_Buzz) January 12, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews Sen. Graham, you have restored hope to my despairing heart. You are showing the world what a true American is. W/pride ????
— Liz Lischillina (@iaskwhynot53) January 12, 2017
— Sergio Vargas (@serg_1176) January 13, 2017
@NBCNightlyNews I hope Lindsey has a back up phone number, he’s going to catch Donald’s ire
— Heycat81 (@Heycat81) January 12, 2017
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