Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has long been accused by conservatives of having a wavering loyalty to the GOP platform, as evidenced by his fervent and frequent criticism of President Donald Trump in the early stages of his administration. Now, Graham appears to have changed his tune — at least when it comes to Trump’s foreign policy.
During a Wednesday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Graham blasted former President Barack Obama by claiming that Trump has already accomplished more on the global stage.
“I am like the happiest dude in America right now,” he gushed. “We’ve got a president and a national security team that I have been dreaming of for eight years. So, in 80 days he’s done more to correct the world – President Trump – than Obama did in 8 years.”
Graham went on to rattle off a list of Trump’s foreign policy achievements – ordering a review of the controversial Iran nuclear deal and sending Vice President Mike Pence to put the fear of freedom in Kim Jong Un’s heart, for example – before issuing a warning.
“Donald Trump is not going to let this nutjob in North Korea get a missile to hit America, and if I were North Korea and China, I’d start thinking anew about the president of the United States,” Graham said.
“I am really pleased what he’s done to rebuild our military, to restore our standing,” he concluded. “I want to cut taxes and reform healthcare. He’s got the best national security team I’ve seen since I’ve been in government. I am all in. Keep it up, Donald.”
The remarks come as a surprise from Graham, who was one of the loudest voices within the Republican party criticizing Trump for his perceived missteps earlier this year, including the executive order travel ban and his claims that the Democrats encouraged voter fraud.