Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., blocked a resolution on Wednesday condemning the Ottoman Turks' genocide of Armenians hours after the meeting between him and President Trump with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Graham rejected the adoption of H.Res.296. According to The Hill, senators should not "gloss over history or try to rewrite history." Graham's office did not comment on the matter in response to a request from Fox News.
Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., asked for approval of the passing of the resolution, which would have officially recognized the killing of more than one million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.
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"United States foreign policy must be an honest account of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, We can not turn our backs on Armenian victims of genocide, "he said, according to the website of the policy. Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, voted in attendance and said it was equally important for the US to recognize its role in the deaths of millions of indigenous peoples and in the slave trade.
Turkey has long denied the term "genocide". describe the death toll as exaggerated and consider the killed war victims. Similar resolutions were passed in the last presidential administrations, but none ever reached the floor. Opponents argue that the Armenian genocide could upset Turkey, a crucial ally relied on by the US to ensure stability in the region.
Graham's actions came hours after he met Trump and Erdogan, who arrived in the US on Tuesday before meeting with the President.
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"I just met with President Erdogan and President Trump over the issues we faced in Syria with the military invasion of Turkey I hope that Turkey and Armenia can come together and solve this problem, "Graham said in the Senate. Relations between Turkey and the US remain tense in the face of Ankara's military offensive in northern Syria after Trump's deployment of American troops the region has deducted. The legislature voted last month on a bipartisan law to sanction Turkey and condemn her invasion of Syria.
Graham criticized the withdrawal of US troops in the region and called on Trump to rethink this.
Fox News Bradford Betz has contributed to this report.