Trump called Lindsey Graham to discuss national security
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamActing Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters on Thursday that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE called him to discuss national security, according to multiple reports.

Graham told reporters a "mutual friend" arranged the call, which took place Wednesday. 



In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Graham noted that Trump "is reaching out to many people, throughout the party and the country, to solicit their advice and opinions," which he called "a wise move on his part."


The conversation, which lasted about 15 minutes according to the statement, "centered on the national security threats facing the United States."

“I gave him my assessment about where we stand in the fight against [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and the long-term danger posed by the Iranian nuclear deal. He asked good questions," Graham said.

The South Carolina senator said he will continue to remain neutral ahead of the general election, as he doesn't support Trump or Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE

“Finally, my position remains the same regarding both candidates running for President. I will do what I can in the Senate to help the next president. The next president will inherit a mess.”

Graham has been a critic of Trump throughout the campaign, saying last week he can't support the businessman because he isn't a "reliable Republican conservative, nor has he displayed the judgement and temperament to serve as commander in chief." 

Trump hit back, saying he "destroyed" Graham's "hapless run for President." 

The two also sparred repeatedly during Graham's own presidential bid, which ended last year.

This post was updated at 3:35 p.m.