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Graham says he urged Trump to ‘speak up’ on vaccines

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) arrives for a bipartisan meeting to discuss an infrastructure package on July 13
Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is recovering from a recent coronavirus infection, said he urged former President Trump 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 Manchin’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.”

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