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Lindsey Graham Reveals The Phone Call He Got From Trump After His McCain Tribute

Amber Athey White House Correspondent

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham revealed on Wednesday that President Donald Trump called him after his touching tribute to Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor.

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Graham spoke about McCain, his best friend who passed away at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer, on Tuesday. (RELATED: Sen. Graham Fights Through Tears To Deliver McCain Tribute)

Graham told CNN on Wednesday that he received a surprise phone call from the president — who had a tumultuous relationship with McCain — immediately after the speech.

“When [Trump] says something bad about John it pisses me off,” Graham admitted, but added, “He called yesterday after my speech and he couldn’t have been nicer.”

“He said, ‘That was very sad. I just wanted to let you know that you did right by your friend,'” Graham shared. “I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.'”

“Right out of the blue,” Graham said of the call.

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