- Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Tump’s dealings with North Korea and immigration in a Friday CNN interview.
- Graham said he doesn’t “give a s—” about possible criticism of his “working with President Trump to make the world a better place.”
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Tump’s leadership tactics in a feisty Friday interview on CNN.
When host Kate Bolduan asked about Graham’s past as a vocal Trump critic, Graham said he would do what’s best for the country and world, despite his personal opinions.
“I’ve got a relationship with the president at a time when I think he needs allies,” the Republican senator said. “When I worked with President Obama – and I did on occasion – I was a hero. Now when I work with President Trump, I’m two-faced.
In the past, Graham has been vocal about his opinions on Trump’s moves.
“I’m going to do what’s best for the country,” Graham said. “I like the president, I want to help him, I hope he’s successful, he’s been a friend to me and he says some things I don’t agree with.”
Graham continued, “if you don’t like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don’t give a s—.”
Trump had a testy exchange during a press gaggle in front of the White House on Friday with a reporter who asked how he could overlook Kim Jong Un’s human rights abuses for the sake of facilitating denuclearization in North Korea.
Graham called it “the most honest answer he could give” and when Bolduan asked if the comments had gone too far in justifying Kim’s record, Graham said he believed the president meant he would rely on “his own judgment, his own negotiating skills” to strike a deal for denuclearization.
“If he believes buttering the guy up will get rid of his nuclear weapons, butter the guy up,” Graham said.
"If he believes buttering the guy up will get rid of his nuclear weapons, butter the guy up," says Sen. Lindsey Graham of Trump's relationship with Kim Jong Un https://t.co/ETGPFVN2jv https://t.co/GrQaDHPtDN
— CNN (@CNN) June 15, 2018
This was Graham’s second interview this week in which he touted Trump’s leadership skills in reference to his dealings with Kim. Sen. Rand Paul commented earlier this week that Graham is a “danger to the country” for suggesting military force against North Korea would be appropriate if Trump’s denuclearization deal failed.
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