During an interview on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Graham — who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — was asked by host Bret Baier about Bolton’s recent departure from the White House.
Graham said that he saw it coming “a bit” and attributed the departure to a “personality, policy difference” between Trump and Bolton. He also said that he believed Bolton did well in his job serving the nation and “gave the president good advice.”
The Senate Judiciary chairman went on to say that the thing that people need to learn what he has about Trump, in that the president is “unconventional in a conventional way.”
Graham then said that he believes it is “okay” to negotiate with the Taliban “if there is a reason to believe” that they will change the way they act and become peaceful, but also believes that the U.S. “just got ahead of the cart” when it came to the talks.
“The one thing you’ve got to learn about President Trump, as I’ve come to learn, is that he is unconventional in a conventional way. I think it’s okay to talk to the Taliban even at Camp David if there is a reason to believe they’re going to accept peace and change their behavior. And I thought we just got ahead of the cart there.”
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“But, you know, John’s gone and there are a lot of good choices, and I appreciate what John did for the country,” continued the South Carolina senator.
When asked about potential replacements for Bolton in the national security advisor role, Graham pointed to retired Lt. General Keith Kellogg, — who serves as National Security Advisor to Vice President Mike Pence — Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ricky Waddell, and Brian Hook, a “dynamic young man” on the State Department’s Iran team.
As IJR previously reported, the president’s former national security advisor was ousted on Tuesday, with the announcement made by Trump via a tweet, leaving Republicans split on the issue.
Bolton has contested the president’s story, even going so far as to text Fox News host Brian Kilmeade live, on-air saying “let’s be clear, I resigned.”