Lindsey Graham Says Trump Deserves ‘Lion’s Share’ Of Credit If North Korean Deal Is Reached


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Lindsey Graham has certainly never been shy about criticizing President Trump, but when it comes to the issue of North Korea the South Carolina senator is willing to give the president “the lion’s share” of the credit if a denuclearization deal is reached.

In a series of Tuesday tweets, Graham expressed appreciation for Trump’s “strong and unequivocal position,” which he hopes will “lead to a major breakthrough” with Pyongyang.

“I hope the strong and unequivocal position by the President will lead to a major breakthrough that would be beneficial to the world at large,” wrote Graham. “President Trump has been steadfast in his commitment to deny the North Korean regime the ability to strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.”

The South Carolina senator’s first tweet in the series acknowledged that Trump deserves the “lion’s share of credit” if a denuclearization is reached.

“If there is an agreement reached between the United States, North Korea and the rest of the world regarding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the lion’s share of credit will go to President @realDonaldTrump for his strong stand,” Graham tweeted.

The tweets seem to have been sparked by South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Tuesday announcement that its northern neighbor is willing to negotiate with the United States about potentially ending its nuclear weapons program, a move welcomed by Trump as “possible progress.”

“For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned,” tweeted Trump. “The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!”

Just last weekend, North Korea called the Trump administration’s insistence that it abandon its nuclear program as a precondition for negotiations “preposterous” in a statement sent to CBS News.

“The U.S. is taking preposterous action by continuing to trumpet an insistence that it will not have dialogue unless a right condition is met and that it will keep watching if we have intention to abandon nuclear weapons and missiles and so on,” the statement said.