Three Republican senators condemn Trump’s comments accusing U.S. soldiers of stealing Iraq money
Donald Trump’s campaign says he was talking about Iraqi soldiers, but it didn’t seem that way when he spoke.
Lindsey Graham blasted Trump, saying the GOP nominee’s remark tainted the entire U.S. military. “If I were running for commander-in-chief, I wouldn’t make such a statement,” Graham told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “It taints the finest fighting force in the world.”
The South Carolina senator said that while there have been instances of American military personnel stealing Iraqi reconstruction funds, it was unfair to the majority of troops to focus on these cases.
“One hundred and fifteen have been court-martialed since 2005 for being involved in embezzlement and theft. Out of, you know, hundreds of thousands. I think it’s the wrong thing to emphasize,” Graham said…
Graham was joined in his condemnation of Trump’s remark by Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. “Our servicemen and women make great sacrifices in defense of our freedom each and every day, and they deserve our thanks and support, not attacks,” Ayotte told TWS in a written statement…
Alaska senator Dan Sullivan, who currently serves as a Marine Corps reservist, also criticized Trump’s comments. “As a guy who is still serving, I know that Marines, sailors, soldiers, airmen, Coast Guardsmen—99.9 percent of them serve admirably,” Sullivan said. “They all serve with honor and distinction. Comments like that aren’t reflective of the true nature of our men and women in uniform.”