Sen. Lindsey Graham to North Korea: Try to Play Trump and ‘It Will Be the End of You’

By Melanie Arter | March 9, 2018 | 8:25pm EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday that the worst thing he could do is meet with President Donald Trump “and try to play him.”

“After numerous discussions with President Trump, I firmly believe his strong stand against North Korea and its nuclear aggression gives us the best hope in decades to resolve this threat peacefully,” the senator said in a statement.

“I am not naive. I understand that if the past is an indication of the future, North Korea will be all talk and no action. However, I do believe that North Korea now believes President Trump will use military force if he has to,” Graham said.

“A word of warning to North Korean President Kim Jong Un — the worst possible thing you can do is meet with President Trump in person and try to play him.  If you do that, it will be the end of you — and your regime,” he added.

When asked about Graham’s comments and whether the senator was reading the president correctly on that, Sanders said, “I think that Lindsey Graham knows that President Trump is one of the best negotiators.

“And certainly, I think that he has great confidence in his ability, and is glad that he'll be the one at the table for the United States. I think Senator Graham has been on the other side of that, and certainly knows the capabilities and the determination of President Trump,” Sanders added.


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