U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said during a swing through the Upstate on Wednesday, Aug. 9 that he wasn’t bothered by President Donald J. Trump’s warning that North Korea would suffer “fire and fury” if it didn’t stop threatening the United States.
Trump’s bellicose words “bothered some,” Graham said during a Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce breakfast. “They did not bother me at all.”
Graham said he hopes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un understands what Trump meant.
“I do,” Graham said. “He has no other choice.”
Graham’s remarks were in contrast to views expressed by his longtime Senate ally, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
McCain said during a radio interview in Phoenix on Monday, Aug. 8, that he took exception to Trump’s comments.
“The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act,” McCain said, according to The Associated Press.
Trump said in New Jersey on Monday that North Korea “best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
In Easley, Graham said Trump has resolved to prevent North Korea from possessing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking the United States.
“He is president of the United States and there is no more place to kick the can. He’s got to make a decision, and he’s got to make it pretty quickly,” Graham said, adding, “I don’t know when this is going to happen, but if something doesn’t change, we’re headed toward a conflict with North Korea.”
Graham also talked about Afghanistan and his plan to replace Obamacare with federal grants that states could use for health care as they choose.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina’s Third Congressional District was also at the congressional update.
Graham was also scheduled to appear in Seneca, Laurens, and Columbia.