Graham Rips Trump Foreign Policy Talk: Reagan ‘Rolling Over In His Grave’

AP

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ridiculed Donald Trump’s buzzed-about foreign policy speech on Wednesday, calling it disjointed, “pathetic,” and “not conservative.”

In a series of rapid-fire tweets in response to the speech, Graham poked fun at Trump for deviating from his usual off-the-cuff style and using a teleprompter.

“Trump speech is pathetic in terms of understanding the role America plays in the world, how to win War on Terror, and threats we face,” the South Carolina senator wrote on Twitter.

“Did teleprompter guy actually write the speech? #notmakinganysense,” Graham wrote.

“Final thought on Trump’s foreign policy speech — Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in his grave,” he added later.

Trump’s hour-long address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. set forth an “America first” foreign policy platform that cautioned against unnecessary foreign interventions. The GOP frontrunner also promised that Islamic State terrorists “are going to be gone” if he becomes president, thanks to his “unpredictable” foreign policy strategy.

Graham is an outspoken Trump critic, particularly on matters of national defense. The stridently hawkish South Carolina senator has called Trump “a complete idiot when it comes to Mideast policy.”

Read Graham’s tweets below:

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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