Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump a ‘lying motherf***er’ during the Ukraine impeachment scandal, a new book has claimed.
But the senator said the then president was ‘a lot of fun to hang out with’, according to The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021.
The book, by journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, also quoted him as saying Trump could get away with murder and the GOP would still back him.
They claimed Graham said “he could kill fifty people on our side and it wouldn’t matter’ when they bumped into him outside a DC steakhouse in 2019.
Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly backed up Donald Trump’s claim that he could commit murder and still have an ardent fan base and called the former president a ‘lying motherf***er’ who is nonetheless ‘fun to hang out with’
‘I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?’ Trump famously said
‘He could kill fifty people on our side and it wouldn’t matter,’ the South Carolina Republican told journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser according to their new book ‘The Divider,’ obtained by The Guardian.
‘I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?’ Trump famously said during a campaign stop in Iowa in 2016. ‘It’s, like, incredible.’
Graham had been recalling a story to the husband-and-wife author duo about Trump boasting of his closeness to evangelical pastors he’d met with the day before in 2019. ‘Those f***ing Christians love me,’ Trump had told Graham.
Graham stood by his assertion that it would be ‘insane’ to impeach Trump for his July 2019 phone call with the Ukraine president, but admitted he knew the former president’s faults.
‘He’s a lying motherf***er,’ Graham said, adding that still, Trump was ‘fun to hang out with.’
Graham and Trump’s fraught back-and-forth relationship has been mystifying to onlookers, beginning with Graham refusing to back Trump in 2016 and deeming him racist and crazy.
But Graham became one of the former president’s closest allies during his presidency. Still, he voted to certify the 2020 election results against Trump’s wishes and blamed him for the January 6th Capitol riot.
‘Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view he’s been been a consequential president. But today, first thing you’ll see. All I can say, is count me out, enough is enough,’ Graham at the time.
Graham has defended Trump in the wake of the FBI raiding his Mar-a-Lago home, issuing a warning that there would be ‘riots in the streets’ if the former president were indicted.
Other revelations in Glasser and Baker’s forthcoming tell-all include that Trump was persuaded by an old college friend, New York cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder, that buying Greenland was a good idea and the former president was reportedly so paranoid that Iran would retaliate for the US killing of its top general, Qasem Soleimani, that he told guests at a Mar-a-Lago holiday party in 2020 he was leaving early in fear of an assassination attempt by Tehran.
Rarely restrained in his commentary either in public or in private, Trump also reportedly told people around him that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was an example of why women should be careful with plastic surgery and said he would not pick Nikki Haley, his United Nations ambassador, as a running mate because she had a ‘complexion problem.’
In other excerpts of the book, Trump belittled his son-in-law Jared Kushner as only being concerned about his ‘New York liberal crowd.’
Melania Trump reportedly told her husband he was ‘blowing’ the United States COVID-19 response, a new report suggested on Wednesday.
‘You’re blowing this’: New book reveals Melania Trump criticized her husband’s handling of COVID – and his top general feared he would authorize a strike on Iran as presidency ended
Melania Trump told her husband he was ‘blowing’ the United States COVID-19 response, a new report suggested on Wednesday.
In a phone call with former Trump ally Chris Christie, Melania reportedly recalled telling him that she said to her husband, ‘You’re blowing this.’ She apparently pleaded with Christie to help convince Trump to take the pandemic more seriously.
She said she told Trump, ‘This is serious. It’s going to be really bad, and you need to take it more seriously than you’re taking it.’
But he did little more than brush her off, according to the book.
”You worry too much,’ Trump replied. ‘Forget it.’
That and other explosive revelations from Trump’s presidency are revealed in a forthcoming book from New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker and New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser, ‘The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021.’
Among the bombshells were also concerns held by Trump’s top general, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley, that the ex-president would order an attack on Iran on his way out the White House door.
And according to the authors, it was one of Trump’s staffers who gave him the idea.
‘Milley at the time told his staff it was a “What the f*** are these guys talking about?” moment,’ the book claims.
Melania Trump reportedly told her husband of the pandemic, ‘This is serious. It’s going to be really bad, and you need to take it more seriously than you’re taking it’
Trump reportedly told his wife to ‘forget it’ in response to her concerns
Trump was reportedly so paranoid that Iran would retaliate for the US killing of its top general, Qasem Soleimani, that he told guests at a Mar-a-Lago holiday party that he was leaving early in fear of an assassination attempt by Tehran.
But that’s not the only time the ex-president has inspired national security fears among his advisers.
After Trump publicly sided with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over US intelligence agencies that accused the Kremlin of meddling in American elections, the national intelligence director privately wondered to ‘associates’ about what the two leaders’ relationship was.
‘I never could come to a conclusion. It raised the question in everybody’s mind: What does Putin have on him that causes him to do something that undermines his credibility?’ then-DNI Dan Coats allegedly said.
In the Middle East, Trump is reported to have given Jordan’s King Abdullah II such a shock by offering him the West Bank that the monarch told a friend he believed he was having a heart attack.
Trump also invoked his National Security Council after a billionaire friend of his suggested purchasing Greenland from Denmark, a plan which eventually fell apart after public ridicule.
The former president himself told the forthcoming book’s authors that buying the territory would not have been ‘that different’ than his high-profile real estate purchases for the Trump Organization.
‘I said, “Why don’t we have that?'” Trump said of Greenland.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley reportedly told his staff that he had ‘a “What the f*** are these guys talking about?” moment’ when a former Trump staffer advised the president to attack Iran
‘You take a look at a map. I’m a real estate developer, I look at a corner, I say, “I’ve got to get that store for the building that I’m building,” etc. It’s not that different.’
And while Trump’s foreign chops were recognized by late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nomination of him for a Nobel Peace Prize, the book claims that the ex-president had a hand in pushing that, too.
A former senior Trump aide told the authors, ‘The President asked Abe over dinner to nominate him.’
Other revelations include newly-uncovered messages by top Trump officials that depicts the White House in a state of chaos during the 2018 midterm elections.
‘Ok for the first time I am actually scared for the country. The insanity has been loosed,’ then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wrote to a colleague.
She also apparently said that Trump’s secretaries of Defense, Education and Labor were all threatening to resign.
Looking ahead to his future potential 2024 campaign, the former president did not say if he would run but poured cold water on the chances that he would run with Mike Pence again.
The reason was Pence’s failure to stop the 2020 election results – Trump’s defeat – from being certified by Congress.
‘It would be totally inappropriate,’ Trump told the authors. ‘Mike committed political suicide by not taking votes that he knew were wrong.’