Sen. Lindsey Graham said he doesn’t expect a deal between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their historic summit Tuesday — but thinks the meeting will start the process of the rogue regime’s denuclearization.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” the South Carolina Republican and close ally of Trump said the president is “very much ready” for the meeting.
“I think he'll convey he wants a peaceful resolution of the nuclear threat as well as to end the Korean war,” Graham said, adding, “there’s two options” in the talks: “Peace or war.”
“I don't expect a deal on Tuesday. I expect a process to start on Tuesday,” he said.
“You’ll have a deal, one way or the other in [Trump’s] first term that can be implemented in way that we all believe,” he asserted, adding: “I don't expect it to be done in one year. I expect a year from now an agreement that dismantled missiles, removes plutonium and uranium. .. There's no reason they can't give up their nuclear weapons program within 15 years.”
Graham also conceded his Senate colleague and friend Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, may not be in tune with most Americans on the issue of trade.
“I’m not sure about John being right on trade,” he said. “There's a movement in our party that Trump sees that got him the nomination and eventually become president of the United States. I'm not so sure a majority of Americans believe that globalization and free trade is in our interests. I believe that. John McCain believes it…. I'm not so sure most Americans agree with John McCain and Lindsey Graham.”
He also said the United States needs Democrats “to back the president up to get a deal” and asks them a question.
“If diplomacy fails, will you support my efforts to authorize the use of military force as a last resort to convince China and Korea that things will really be different this time? ... Democrats and Republicans need to put the military option on the table or we'll never get a good deal.”
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