Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Wednesday dismissed critics of his support for President Donald Trump despite Trump’s harsh remarks about Graham’s best friend, the late Sen. John McCain.
In a blunt interview on CNN’s “At This Hour With Kate Bolduan,” Graham trashed “those people who bring up this narrative.”
“You just hate Trump,” Graham told Bolduan. “You don’t really care about McCain and me. I know this. This is a game. You’re not offended about me and McCain, you’re trying to use me to get to Trump. I’m not playing that game.”
“If you think the only way to honor John McCain is to tell this president, ‘I won’t work with you, I won’t ever help you,’ that’s your agenda, not mine,” he continued.
“My agenda is two-fold, to honor my friend for the rest of my life in any way I can, and help this president be successful, and I’m not into this idea that the the only way to honor John McCain is to trash out Trump.”
“I’m the senator of South Carolina and I’m going to do what the people of South Carolina want me to do: help make this president successful,” Graham declared.
Bolduan also brought up that Trump and his supporters are saying that John McCain “shopped” the unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele “all over town” — but Graham clarified someone from the McCain Institute may have done so but that John McCain acted responsibly.
“Well I told [Trump] yeah,” he responded when asked if he told that to Trump.
“I mean, I don’t care – I’m not out to please the president about John McCain. He’s my friend, John McCain. I loved the guy to death. He’s an American hero,” said Graham. “I want to help the president and I like him.”