Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a new interview that Donald Trump once thought in one of their meetings that some archived footage showing North Korean missile launches was actually happening in real time and was briefly concerned.
During an interview with Washington Post published Friday, Graham talked about a meeting he had with President Trump shortly after he got elected. Graham said that he and the senile president sat beside a television that was tuned to Fox News and then had lunch with ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus as well as national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
Trump wanted to talk about national security in the meeting.
Graham told Trump what he viewed as his two biggest concerns, Iran and North Korea. Then the television began showing some old video of North Korean missile launches.
Senator Graham said Trump grew concerned after watching the footage, since he was under the impression that the launches were happening right then.
“That’s old footage, old footage!” Lindsey Graham recalled telling Donald Trump at the time, laughing. However, many Americans feel that the incident is concerning, rather than funny, because it demonstrates the president’s mental incompetence.
Graham, once one of the president’s toughest Republican critics, also brought up his relationship with Donald Trump during the interview and mentioned his late friend Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) strong reluctance to embrace the demagogue and racist.
Graham said that McCain wasn’t happy when Graham started to warm up to Trump following the 2016 presidential race.
“Why do you play golf with him?” Senator Graham recalled McCain asking. “I told him I hope you understand. … The best place to talk to him is in his world.”