Graham Blocks Senate Resolution That Would Have Recognized The Armenian Genocide
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blocked a resolution that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against the Armenian people after President Trump’s press conference Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to The Hill.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked for consent to pass the resolution that would have given “official recognition and remembrance” to the Armenian genocide.
“The United States foreign policy must reflect an honest accounting of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide. We cannot turn our backs on the Armenian victims of genocide,” he argued.
Yet, Graham objected, saying that senators shouldn’t “sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it.”
Under the Senate’s rules, any one senator can ask for consent to pass a bill or resolution, but any one senator can also block it.
Graham’s objections came just hours after he attended the White House meeting with Trump, Erdogan, and a group of Republican senators, in which Erdogan scolded the House-passed resolution that recognized the genocide.
“I just met with President Erdogan and President Trump about the problems we face in Syria by the military incursion by Turkey. I do hope that Turkey and Armenia can come together and deal with this problem,” Graham said on the Senate floor.
Despite the resolution passing the House in a 405-11 vote, Graham added that he was objecting “not because of the past but because of the future.”