Lindsey Graham: I ‘Violently Disagree’ With Trump’s Suggested Concession to North Korea

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) expressed virulent opposition to Donald Trump‘s suggestion that the U.S. will withdraw U.S. forces from the Korean Peninsula following last night’s summit with Kim Jong Un. In the press conference after his meeting with the North Korean dictator, the president said he would end defensive military exercises with South Korea, calling them “inappropriate” war games and “provocative” to the rogue regime. Trump and Kim didn’t produce any solid details for North Korea’s eventual denuclearization, however, so when Graham gave an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, he said a withdrawal of troops would a major concession to NoKo.
“I don’t think cancelling a war game is going to matter over the arc of time. 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. That would 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 stood by his recent statement that conflict with North Korea is still possible if peace cannot be reached through diplomacy with Kim. This view isn’t universally-popular among Graham’s colleagues, seeing as Rand Paul (R-KY) rebuked his colleague yesterday by calling Graham “naive” and a “danger to the country” with his his remarks. Watch above, via NBC. [Image via screengrab] — —
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