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Graham: ‘A lot of people have been burned by being in Trump’s orbit’

Graham: ‘A lot of people have been burned by being in Trump’s orbit’
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPortman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said that “a lot of people have been burned by being in Trump’s orbit,” but added that he wants to help President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE “get good policy.”

Graham, appearing on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” made the comments after noting that the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party MORE (R-Ariz.) advised him to be aware of “all the drama and the BS” but to help Trump's agenda where he can.

“[McCain] said, ‘Help him where you can, but all the drama and the BS, watch it.’ A lot of people have been burned by being in Trump’s orbit,” Graham said. “The bottom line is that I just want to be a bridge to the extent I can be from the McCain world, the Bush world, all the worlds to the Trump world so we can get good policy and keep this country safe.”

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Graham also said that Trump has “rebuilt the military in a fashion that John [McCain] and I believed he should,” crediting him for doing “something against ISIS that were long overdue” and withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.

“I want to give him credit where credit's due,” Graham said. “And I literally, literally do want to help him. If that makes somebody mad, I’ll just live with that.”

 

Graham's friend and colleague McCain, a frequently critic of Trump's policies, died on Saturday. He was 81.