By Julian Pecquet - 05/28/13 06:35 PM EDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joked Tuesday that he would have tipped off Syria's Bashar Assad if Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had told him ahead of time that he was going to visit the war-torn country.
Asked on Twitter if he had been forewarned, Graham said: “No, if he had I would have called the Syrians.” He added “(j/k)” for just kidding at the end of his tweet.
Graham made a similar joke on Monday, when news of McCain's trip first became public.
“Best wishes to @SenJohnMcCain in Syria today,” Graham tweeted Monday. “If he doesn't make it back calling dibs on his office.”
Best wishes to @senjohnmccain in Syria today. If he doesn't make it back calling dibs on his office.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) May 27, 2013
The administration has balked at getting more involved in the conflict, out of concern that it could inflame the region and that weapons could end up in the hands of Islamist militants. Congress, however, has run out of patience as the death toll tops 70,000; last week a key Senate panel voted overwhelmingly for a bipartisan bill to arm the rebels.
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