LINDSEY GRAHAM/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said on Wednesday that he thinks it ‘was a mistake’ for former President Donald Trump to call Russian President Vladimir Putin a genius.

‘I think that was a mistake. I think I know what he was trying to say, you know, going into the Donbas. But, no. Let’s just make it clear, Putin’s not a genius, he’s a war criminal,’ said Graham, a close Trump ally.”

-Ali Zaslav and Ellie Kaufman, “Lindsey Graham says Trump calling Putin genius was ‘a mistake,’” cnn.com, March 3, 2022