(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham got pranked by Russians pretending to be from Turkey.
That’s according to an announcement made by his office Thursday.
The call happened in August.
A spokesperson for Graham confirmed to CNN that the South Carolina Republican spoke with two Russian pranksters in a conversation he thought was with Turkey’s defense minister.
According to audio of the call provided to Politico, Graham called the Kurds a “threat” to Turkey.
That assessment appears to contradict his public statements in recent days regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of the way of a Turkish invasion of Syria.
The attack has been widely condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for putting American allies such as the Kurds in harm’s way.