Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday urged President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE not to abandon infrastructure talks with congressional Democrats after the president declared he would not work with them until their investigations are over.

"My advice to the President is to try to find solutions to problems like infrastructure, prescription drugs, and a broken immigration system," Graham, a staunch ally of the president, tweeted. “See if we can do two things at once -- fight with each other and find common ground.” 

In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, Graham expressed sympathy for Trump after the president attacked House investigations, saying he had “never seen anybody treated this way.”


Still, he urged Trump to “rise above it if you can,” arguing the president could push back against the Democratic House majority while still continuing to work with them on other issues.

Referring back to Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE’s confirmation hearings, when Graham made headlines for his fiery defense of Kavanaugh against allegations of sexual assault, Graham tweeted, “I didn’t like what happened. But I'm still showing up and still trying to find common ground.”

Trump earlier Wednesday abruptly ended a meeting with congressional Democrats at the White House that had been scheduled to focus on locking down an infrastructure deal. The president later blasted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (D-Calif.) after she accused him of engaging in a “cover-up,” saying that Democrats must end "phony investigations" into his administration before talks can resume.

Graham is up for reelection in 2020 and has emerged as one of Trump’s most vocal defenders in Congress. On issues where he has broken with Trump, the GOP senator has taken a conciliatory tone, saying in March that Trump should stop insulting the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE (R-Ariz.), a close friend of Graham’s, because the remarks “hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Sen. McCain.”