(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Friday disavowed Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) call for someone to take out Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“That is not the position of the United States government and certainly not a statement you’d hear come from the mouth of anybody working in this administration,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.
Graham told Fox News’s “Hannity” on Thursday that Russia attacking Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine was “an act of war.”
“Chernobyl was an accident. This is an act of war. This is a war crime unfolding in front of us. So here's the state of play. If Joe Manchin's bill were put on the floor of the United States Senate banning Russian oil coming into the United States, increasing American production to make up for the shortfall, it would get 75 votes,” he said.
“Here's the problem. The Biden administration is to the left of the German Green Party and to the left of Nancy Pelosi. That's our basic problem. You can talk about this until you fall over,” Graham said.
“Here's the problem. They didn't do this on Trump's watch - Russia - because Trump would have kicked their ass. What happened is that Putin looks at Biden, he sized him up. He thinks he can get away with it and he's going to keep going and going and going and nobody in the west is going to stop him,” the senator said.
“How does this end? Somebody in Russia has to step up to the plate. Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful colonel stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends, my friend, is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country a great service and the world a great service,” he said.