Graham: Trump mistook old video of North Korea for live missile launch

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFBI official under investigation for allegedly altering document in Russia probe: report Trump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms Graham requests State Department documents on Bidens, Ukraine MORE (R-S.C.) says in a new interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE once thought during one of their meetings that archived footage of North Korean missile launches was happening in real time and became briefly concerned.

In an interview with the Washington Post published on Friday, Graham recalled a meeting he had with Trump shortly after he was elected. Graham said he and the president sat beside a television tuned to Fox News and had lunch with former chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusFounder of veterans group says Trump Jr. can join the military if he 'really wants to understand what sacrifice is all about' Mulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus MORE and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

During the meeting, Graham recalled, Trump wanted to discuss national security.


Graham told Trump what he saw as his two biggest concerns with the topic, Iran and North Korea. At that point, Graham recalled the television began showing old footage of North Korean missile launches.

Graham said Trump grew worried after watching the footage, as he was under the impression the launches were happening in real time.

“That’s old footage, old footage!” Graham recalled telling Trump at the time, laughing.

Graham, who was once one the president’s most vocal Republican critics, also touched on his relationship with Trump during the interview and his late friend Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFormer McCain adviser warns Democrats of going left: A 'sociopath' will always 'beat a socialist' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 Conservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin MORE’s (R-Ariz.) reluctance to embrace him. 

Graham said McCain wasn’t pleased when Graham began to warm up to Trump after the 2016 presidential election.

“Why do you play golf with him?” Graham recalled McCain asking him. “I told him I hope you understand. ... The best place to talk to him is in his world.”