Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (R-S.C.) says he chose to be "reflective" after losing to President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE in the 2016 Republican primary race.

The longtime Senator appears in a promo video for the next episode of "Axios on HBO."

"[Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE] was secretary of State, first lady, United States senator. She lost to Donald Trump," Graham tells Axios in the promo."


"I lost to Donald Trump," he added.

Graham also tells the news outlet that he chose "to try to find out how to make Trump successful but not at all costs."

Throughout Trump's presidency, Graham has been one of the president's staunchest supporters.

However, Graham — a known defense hawk — was one of Trump's loudest critics after the president decided to remove U.S. troops from the northeastern border of Syria last week.

At the time, Graham said the policy move could end up being the biggest mistake of Trump's presidency if it isn't reversed.

Similarly, the senator, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, showed apprehension over the Turkish cease-fire that was facilitated by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE earlier this week. 


General Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, "is concerned about the cease-fire holding and was emphatic that he will never agree to the ethnic cleansing of Kurds that is being proposed in Ankara," Graham tweeted.

"A buffer zone is acceptable to the Kurds but a military occupation that displaces hundreds of thousands is not a safe zone. It is ethnic cleansing," he added.

The cease-fire is supposed to last five days, during which Kurdish forces will vacate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's desired "safe zone."