Graham says he urged Trump to 'speak up' on vaccines

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' MORE (R-S.C.), who is recovering from a recent coronavirus infection, said he urged former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE to be more vocal about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’ve urged him to be aggressive and say, ‘Take the vaccine,’” Graham said in an interview with The Associated Press, which reported he urged Trump to "speak up."

Graham told the AP he spoke to Trump on Thursday, adding the former president has checked in with him every day since Graham's infection was discovered earlier this week.


In his first interview since announcing his infection, Graham said he felt “achy and kind of yucky” over the weekend, adding Monday and Tuesday were “pretty tough days.”

“It went from sort of a mild sinus infection until just a full-blown, feeling like crap,” Graham told the AP.

Graham, who is fully vaccinated, found out Monday he was infected with the coronavirus.

“I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now," he said Monday.

Graham was with a group of senators over the weekend at Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinK Street revenues boom Biden champions economic plan as Democrats scale back ambitions On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE’s (D-W.Va.) houseboat before the South Carolina Republican tested positive for the virus.

Graham told the AP all the senators were fully vaccinated but would not further comment on the gathering.

“No one’s being asked to go off to fight radical Islam or fight a foreign enemy. We’re being asked to make responsible medical decisions,” Graham said in the interview. “Take the vaccine.”