Graham defends Trump after North Korea summit: 'Trump means business'

Graham defends Trump after North Korea summit: 'Trump means business'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (R-S.C.), a foreign policy hawk and a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE, on Thursday said Kim Jong Un knows "Trump means business" despite the recent setback in negotiations with North Korea. 

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“Why is 'Rocket Man' talking to Trump when he’s never talked to anybody else? Because he knows Trump means business," Graham said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, using a nickname Trump previously coined for Kim. 

"Why is the Taliban at the peace table? Because they’re being kicked in their ass. Why is the caliphate destroyed? Because Trump let the military do its job. Why is Iran on the run? Because Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one,” he said, referring to a range of international developments including the downgrade of ISIS and Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran.  

“He’s doing a hell of a job as commander in chief, he’s rebuilt our military, he’s put our enemies on the run, and he’s a better friend and nobody’s stood by Israel better than Donald Trump. Nobody.”

Graham also appeared to suggest the U.S. could take military action against North Korea should Kim Jong Un choose not to reach a nuclear deal with the White House. 

“Speaking of 'Rocket Man,' he couldn’t be here, and if he doesn’t get a deal with Trump he won’t be anywhere much longer,” he said to applause.

The South Carolina Republican, who also serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he also intends to wield his newfound chairmanship to fight for conservative judges who were nominated to federal positions.

“Judges, more judges, then some more judges … We’re going to process as many conservative judges as we can. We’re in charge of that committee. We’re going to use it wisely,” Graham said.

“This is not a place for the faint-hearted. Look at the people on the other side, every day is like a Super Bowl event.”

Graham was one of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJuan Williams: Buttigieg already making history Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Fight over census citizenship question hits Supreme Court MORE’s most vociferous proponents when his confirmation process last year was nearly derailed when three women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the then-Supreme Court nominee.