Trump called Lindsey Graham to discuss national security
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters on Thursday that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' 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."

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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 ClintonEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats McConnell last spoke to Trump on Dec. 15 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.