Friday on CNN’s “At This Hour,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) dismissed critics that questioned his relationship with President Donald Trump.
Graham, who opposed Trump in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, said he didn’t “give a shit” about the criticism.
Partial transcript as follows:
BOLDUAN: You went from — I’m going to sum it up, hating him, making fun of him, finding peace, trying to work with him, where you can work with him — then comes out and hits you again on whatever he decided to do on a given day. Do you trust him now?
GRAHAM: Yeah, I trust the president.
BOLDUAN: Trust but verify with him.
GRAHAM: It’s not about trusting the — I like the president. I trust him in terms of trying to do things that are big and matter. Here’s what I’ve got. I’ve got a relationship with the president at a time when I think he needs allies.
BOLDUAN: But if people say this is two-faced, where is the Lindsey Graham of standing up to Donald Trump, what do you say?
GRAHAM: I’ll tell him when I think he’s wrong. Let me tell you about the critics. When I worked with President Obama, and I did on occasion, I was a hero. When I worked with President Trump, I’m two-faced. I know how the game is played. I don’t give a damn. I’m doing what’s best for the country. I like the president. I want to help him. I hope he’s successful. He’s been a friend to me. And he says some things I don’t agree with. So, if you don’t like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don’t give a shit.
BOLDUAN: And there you have it, Senator Graham.
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