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 GrahamDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report 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 John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE “get good policy.”

Graham, appearing on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” made the comments after noting that the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally 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.