South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was “dead wrong” when he suggested the United States should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia if the country continues to harbor Edward Snowden, House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday.
Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected the notion during a press conference when asked about Graham’s recent comments to a newspaper in which he suggested a boycott.
“Listen, I love Sen. Graham. We’ve been close friends for 20 years. But I think he’s dead wrong,” Boehner said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “Why would we want to punish U.S. athletes who have been training for three years to compete in the Olympics over a traitor who can’t find a place to call home?”
In an interview with The Hill earlier this week, Graham said boycotting the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, would “send the Russians the most unequivocal signal” if the nation grants asylum to Snowden, the former government contractor who in May leaked sensitive information aboutRead More »from Boehner slaps down Graham: ‘He’s dead wrong’ about Olympics boycott over Snowden