Lindsey Graham

Graham Says Firing Mueller Would Lead to End of Trump

Sen. Lindsey Graham warned President Trump not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Reuters reports.

Said Graham: “The only reason Mr. Mueller could ever be dismissed is for cause. I see no cause when it comes to Mr. Mueller. I pledge to the American people as a Republican, to ensure that Mr. Mueller can continue to do his job without any interference.”

He added: “As I have said before, if he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule of law nation.”

Graham Confirmed Trump Made ‘Shithole’ Comment

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) told the Charleston Post and Courier that he talked to fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about hearing President Trump’s “shithole countries” comment and Graham confirmed to him the president said it.

Graham’s office has not returned messages inquiring about Trump’s comments that reportedly were uttered in the Oval Office during a bi-partisan meeting on immigration reform.

Graham Sees 30% Chance Trump Attacks North Korea

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The Atlantic that there’s a 30% chance that President Trump initiates war against North Korea.

Said Graham: “I would say there’s a three in 10 chance we use the military option.”

He added that if the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb — “I would say 70 percent.”

More from Graham: “War with North Korea is an all-out war against the regime. There is no surgical strike option. Their [nuclear-weapons] program is too redundant, it’s too hardened, and you gotta assume the worst, not the best. So if you ever use the military option, it’s not to just neutralize their nuclear facilities—you gotta be willing to take the regime completely down.”

Lindsey Graham Cozies Up to Trump

New York Times: “Three times in a single day last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) cellphone rang. The first time, President Trump called about the health care fight in Congress. The second time, the president thanked the senator for defending his honor on television. Then Mr. Trump rang seeking more intelligence on health care.”

“Mr. Graham — Republican of South Carolina and a one-time target of the president’s barbs on Twitter — has transformed himself into the Senate’s Trump whisperer, shrugging off the White House chaos, personal insults and deep ideological differences in exchange for Mr. Trump’s ear.”

Graham Says ‘We’re Dead’ If Tax Reform Fails

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  told CBS News that if the Republican party cannot enact tax reform, just one item on the congressional agenda, “we’re dead.”

Said Graham: “If we don’t cut taxes and we don’t eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we’re going to lose across the board in the House in 2018. And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat.”

He added: “It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it.”

Graham Says Trump Is Willing to Strike North Korea

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told radio host Hugh Hewitt that while President Trump said he would try to negotiate with North Korea, he is very “willing to abandon strategic patience and use preemption. I think he’s there mentally. He has told me this.”

Said Graham: “I wish a Democrat would take their hatred of Donald Trump and park it…because of everyone else’s failure, he’s run out of the ability to kick the can down the road.”

Graham Says It’s Unlikely Senate Will Pass Health Care

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Bloomberg he doesn’t see much chance for a GOP health care bill passing the Senate this year.

Said Graham: “I don’t think there will be. I just don’t think we can put it together among ourselves.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to Politico: “Just listening to the debate over the past few weeks, I think cobbling together a bill that could get 50 votes is going to be a challenge, but you never know.”

Graham Heaps Praise on Trump

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) enthusiastically praised President Trump for his foreign policy, “a continued departure from his sharp criticism of Trump during the 2016 race and even after the election,” Politico reports.

Said Graham: “I am like the happiest dude in America right now. We have got a president and a national security team that I’ve been dreaming of for eight years.”