Jan 09 2017

Graham on "Meet the Press": U.S. Must Respond To Russia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) on Sunday appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the Russian cyber-attack.

  • GRAHAM: “I want President-elect Trump to be a good president. I like the fact that he wants to get a better deal with the Iranians. I like the fact that he wants to cut taxes and secure our border. There are a lot of things I agree with Donald Trump on. I want to help him where I can and I feel an obligation to say no where I must. Right now, the biggest problem I have – what I see coming out of the President-elect’s team – is Russia… I hope [President-elect Trump] will embrace the intelligence and that [he] will join Republicans and Democrats to push back against Russia to make sure this stops and doesn’t happen again.” https://youtu.be/GMIWjlOrHfs?t=9m8s

  • GRAHAM: “All I’m asking [President-elect Trump] is to acknowledge that Russia interfered [in our election] and push back. It could be Iran next time, it could be China. It was Democrats today, it could be Republicans in the next election.” https://youtu.be/GMIWjlOrHfs?t=3m8s

  • GRAHAM: “Our lives are built around the idea that we’re free people, that we go to the ballot box, that we have political contests outside of foreign interference. You can’t go on with your life as a democracy when a foreign entity is trying to compromise the election process. So Mr. President-elect, it is very important that you show leadership here.” https://youtu.be/GMIWjlOrHfs?t=2m29s

  • GRAHAM: “We should all – Republicans and Democrats – condemn Russia for what they did. To my Republican friends who are gleeful: you’re making a huge mistake. When WikiLeaks released information during the Bush years about the Iraq War that was embarrassing to the administration, that put our troops at risk, most Democrats condemned it, some celebrated it. Most Republicans are condemning what Russia did, and to those who are gleeful about it, you’re a political hack. You’re not a Republican, you’re not a patriot. If this is not about us, then I’ll never know what will be about us. Because when one party is compromised, all of us are compromised.” https://youtu.be/GMIWjlOrHfs?t=5m30s