Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report 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 PelosiCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays 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 McCainCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Mark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo MORE (R-Ariz.), a close friend of Graham’s, because the remarks “hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Sen. McCain.”