Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks MORE (R-S.C.) said this week that a war with North Korea would be “worth it” in the long term.
Graham made the comments in an interview with CNN.
"All the damage that would come from a war would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security," the senator told CNN.
Graham’s remark comes amid reports that the U.S. is prepared for the possibility of a military strike against North Korea.
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Graham has in the past repeated a warning that the U.S. is “headed toward a war” with North Korea and praised Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric against the country. He praised the Trump administration for drawing a hard line on North Korean aggression and also told CNN that he is “completely convinced” that Trump rejects a containment policy.
"They've drawn a red line here and it is to never let North Korea build a nuclear tipped missile to hit America,” he said.
A former national security adviser in the Obama administration on Friday pointed out Graham's comment on Twitter, writing that the senator has "lost his god damn mind.”