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 GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Graham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE “get good policy.”

Graham, appearing on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” made the comments after noting that the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' 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.