With the media fueling the possibility that a nuclear war with North Korea is about to begin at any moment because of President Trump’s tweets and hard-hitting statements regarding the use of “fire and fury,” one GOP senator who refused to endorse Trump in 2016 is trying to assure the American people that the president has everything under control.
During an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, “President Trump has basically drawn a red line, saying that he’ll never allow North Korea to have an [intercontinental ballistic missile] that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top.”
Graham, who doesn’t often have nice things to say about Trump, appeared to hold a high level of confidence in the president’s ability to keep North Korea at bay. When speaking about how Trump will handle the threat posed by North Korea, Graham said, “He’s not going to let that happen. He’s not going to contain the threat, he’s going to stop the threat.”
However strongly Graham feels about Trump’s ability to lead in this particular situation, the senator believes the North Korean regime is dangerous, and that war is a real possibility. “My belief is we are headed that way unless the world can stop North Korea,” Graham said. “We’ve got two bad options: Let them get a missile to hit America, or go to war to stop them.”
Realizing that Trump will be told by some experts that the way to stop North Korea is to look for ways to stabilize the communist country by putting in new leadership, Graham said Trump will and must put national security above all else. “This is a North Korean regime trying to get the capability to strike America, the ultimate insurance for regime survivability,” he said, adding that the war would take place “in the region, not here in America.”
ABOUT SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM
A native of Central, South Carolina, Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1977. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981. He served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and served in the South Carolina Air National Guard then in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of colonel. He worked as a lawyer in private practice before he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1992, serving one term from 1993 to 1995. He then served in the United States House of Representatives, representing South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district from 1995 to 2003. He was elected to four terms, receiving at least 60% of the vote each time.
In 2002, Graham ran for the U.S. Senate after eight-term Republican incumbent Strom Thurmond announced his retirement. Graham won the primary unopposed and defeated Democratic opponent Alex Sanders in the general election. Graham was re-elected to a second term in 2008, defeating Bob Conley. He won a third term in 2014, defeating Democrat Brad Hutto and Independent Thomas Ravenel.
Graham is known in the Senate for his advocacy of a strong national defense, his support of the military, and as an advocate of strong United States leadership in world affairs. He is also known for his willingness to be bipartisan and work with Democrats on issues like campaign finance reform, line item veto, global warming, tax reform, waterboarding ban and immigration reform and his belief that judicial nominees should not be opposed solely on their philosophical positions.
On May 18, 2015, Graham informally announced his candidacy for President of the United States, followed by a formal announcement on June 21, 2015, in his hometown of Central, South Carolina. On December 21, 2015, he ended his campaign for the presidency. He later endorsed Jeb Bush for President. After Bush suspended his campaign on February 20, Graham subsequently endorsed Ted Cruz. In May 2016, Graham refused to support or vote for Donald Trump when he became the presumptive nominee; and later the Republican Presidential candidate.
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