Graham on Trump Korea Concessions: ‘I Would Violently Disagree’ with Removing Our Troops

Tuesday on NBC’s “Today,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voiced his opposition to the possibility of the United States removing its troops from the Korean peninsula as a concession in the negotiations for denuclearization.

Graham said such a move would destabilize Asia.

“I don’t think canceling a war game is going to matter over the arc of time,” he said. “But one thing I would violently disagree with is removing our troops. I can’t imagine I would vote for any agreement that requires us to withdraw our forces because that would destabilize Asia. That is what China wants. That doesn’t make the world more peaceful. It makes it more dangerous. The goal is for them to give us the weapons program, missiles and bombs in return for security and prosperity.”

Graham said military force should still be an American option when it comes to deal with North Korea.

“Senator Schumer, a Democrat, has laid out a deal I could accept,” Graham continued. “The only way you’re going to get that deal is convince North Korea that if they do not take the peace route, we will use military force as a last option. We’re going to end this program one way or another. It’s not if. It is how and it is when. I’m cautiously optimistic. I am very pleased with Trump thus far. But we’ve got a long ways to go. They’ve done this twice. And we can’t let them do it a third time.”

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