Lindsey Graham says any present and future Republican leaders need to have a good ‘working relationship’ with Trump
- ‘If we’re going to be successful in 2022, we’re going to have to work together as a team,’ South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News
- Added: ‘If you want to be a… Republican leader in the House or the Senate and you don’t have a working relationship with Trump, you cannot be effective’
- Comments come as he pushes for Congress not to pass Joe Biden’s massive Build Back Better social spending agenda
- Says it will cost $4.9 trillion and not the $1.75 trillion the administration claims as the price tag
‘If we’re going to be successful in 2022, we’re going to have to work together as a team,’ the South Carolina Republican senator told Fox News‘ Chris Wallace.
‘And here’s what I would say [to] every Republican: If you want to be a… Republican leader in the House or the Senate and you don’t have a working relationship with Donald Trump, you cannot be effective,’ he added. ‘So I hope we’ll get on the same page here.’
Graham joined Wallace on the same program where the longtime Fox News anchor abruptly announced he would be leaving the network effective immediately after his show on Sunday.
Senator Lindsey Graham said any present or future leader of the Republican Party will need to have a good ‘working relationship’ with Donald Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) message to Republicans: “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, and you don’t have a working relationship with Donald Trump, you cannot be effective. So I hope we’ll get on the same page here.” pic.twitter.com/NnprDNevAn
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Immediately following Wallace’s on-air announcement, Graham tweeted: ‘Shocked to hear that Chris Wallace is leaving #FoxNewsSunday.’
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the show,’ he added. ‘Chris challenged everyone fairly and tried to give his viewers the best information to evaluate issues.’
‘Chris will be missed. He should be proud of what he and his team have accomplished at @FoxNewsSunday.’
Graham, who is the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, joined Wallace on Sunday morning mainly to discuss President Joe Biden’s massive Build Back Better (BBB) social spending agenda and the GOP’s opposition.
The senator asserted during his interview that the BBB welfare package would actually cost $4.9 trillion and not the $1.75 trillion the administration currently claims as its price tag.
Democrats have assured the BBB bill would not cost Americans any money. But Graham says they have yet to lay out how they will pay for the social spending agenda.
‘What the hell are you going to do about it?’ Graham questioned. ‘If you say it’s going to be paid for, give me the offsets. Do you raise taxes by $3 trillion? Do you cut the government by $3 trillion?’
Wallace questioned Graham on Senate Republicans support for Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, claiming that added $2 trillion to the economy.
‘I like giving money back to the taxpayer,’ Graham retorted. ‘I don’t like spending more money than we did in World War II. And that’s what we’re doing right now.’
‘This bill, Build Back Better, it’s $5 trillion. It’s not 1.75. It will add $3 trillion to the deficit. When they tell you the bill is paid for, they’re lying,’ he continued.
‘When Nancy Pelosi brought it to the House with the CBO score of 1.75, it was a lie. When she said it was $300 billion to the deficit, it was a lie.’
Graham held a press conference on Friday where he discussed how BBB would hurt the U.S. economy and blasted Biden for his failures related to inflation and economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also called out Republicans for supporting tax cuts in 2017 but now opposing the BBB.
‘The plan they proposed and passed for and passed into law, the 2017 tax cuts, were $2 trillion, which were not paid for in any way, shape or form. That didn’t seem too upset them at all,’ Psaki said.
‘Does she have a point?’ Wallace asked Graham after playing a clip of Psaki’s comments.
‘Oh, no, not really,’ he replied.