Sen. Lindsey Graham will enjoy a taxpayer-funded safari trip to Africa with five Senate Democrats, according to reports.
The trip will include visits to the nations of Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, and Morocco.
The excursion appears to be under the guise of conducting “fact-finding missions, focused on the fight against HIV/AIDS through site visits, meetings/briefings, and informal substantive meals designed to provide a frontline look at the impact of U.S. Government investments in PEPFAR [U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief],” an itinerary obtained by Punchbowl News revealed.
Graham will be joined by Demcorat senators: Chris Coons (D-DE), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Martin Heinrich, and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Although none of the senators appear to have a history in medicine, Coons was named an Honorary Doctor in Humane Letters by Delaware State University in 2018.
Cindy McCain, who serves as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. food and agriculture agencies, will join “CODEL,” an acronym for taxpayer-funded excursions for members of Congress.
On their “fact-finding mission,” the American officials will enjoy a safari this week and visit Victoria Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls on the Zambezi River in southern Africa.
“On Friday, the group will head to Botswana, where the itinerary says the recommended attire is ‘rugged casual,'” Punchbowl reported.
Friday and Saturday are packed with ‘conservation observations,’ which appear to be safari trips,” the outlet added.
The CODEL’s final day will be spent without official business in Casablanca before returning to the U.S. and returning to work in Washington, DC.