WASHINGTON - A top Republican senator sparked reactions from both sides of the aisle after drawing a link between the crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a harsh critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, posted a string of tweets Tuesday attributing Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region to "a weak indecisive leader" in Washington:
Facing a Republican primary challenge, the second-term senator, considered moderate on some issues, including immigration, has echoed calls on the right for greater investigation into the administration's handling of the Benghazi attack, which killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador. With the tweets, Graham doubled down on comments he made Monday night in which he called Russia's aggression "a symptom of a greater problem."
The White House fired back at Graham for the suggestion that Putin's actions in the Crimea had its roots in Benghazi.
Dan Pfeiffer, White House senior advisor, tweeted that Graham's comments "jumped the shark":