Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) said Saturday that he’d be “shocked” if Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korean showcases shirtless soldiers lying on broken glass, smashing bricks on head North Korea's Kim rips US, promises 'invincible' military North Korea's Kim notes 'grim' economy while marking anniversary of ruling party MORE isn’t “dead or incapacitated” amid rumors regarding the North Korean leader's health.
The South Carolina senator told Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” that he believes the government in Pyongyang would have fought the rumors head-on if they were not true.
"I'll be shocked if he's not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don't let rumors like this go forever or go unanswered in a closed society, which is really a cult, not a country, called North Korea," Graham said.
"So I pretty well believe he is dead or incapacitated, and I hope that the long-suffering North Korean people will get some relief if he is dead," he added.
Graham also said that if Kim is dead, he hopes the next leader will work with President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE to “make North Korea a better place for everyone.”
Kim last appeared in public on April 11. He later missed the celebration of his late grandfather’s birthday, sparking speculation about his health.
Daily NK, a South Korea-based website, reported last week that the North Korean leader was recovering from a cardiovascular operation earlier this month. South Korean and Chinese officials have discounted rumors that he was seriously ill after the surgery.
Trump has indicated his willingness to negotiate with North Korea, although attempts to reach agreements between Trump and Kim have been unsuccessful.