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Sen. Graham: Trump 'Put Son in Jeopardy' If He Dictated Russia Statement

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If it's true that President Donald Trump personally dictated a statement his son, Donald Trump Jr., gave to The New York Times about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, then that was a "bad decision by the president," Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.

"It bothers me a lot," the South Carolina Republican told NBC's "Today" show.

"He put his son in jeopardy. We have to wonder what Don Jr.'s team will tell you about what he did. If you didn't know about the email, the statement may have fooled you. If you know about the email, it's a misleading statement."

In the statement made to The New York Times, Trump Jr. said that when he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 at Trump Tower, they "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children," but that was later revealed to not be true.

Show anchor Matt Lauer commented that it sounded like Trump was trying to cover up the truth about his son's meeting, and Graham responded that if that's true, it was a "bad decision by the president that will make us ask more questions. If you get caught in a lie in one thing, it makes it hard to let other stuff go."

Graham also discussed the Trump administration's latest shakeup, following the dismissal of communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Monday, just a little over a week after the controversial hedge-fund owner had been named to the job.

"The Marines can do almost anything," said Graham, referring to Trump's new chief of staff, retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly.

"The Marines have landed at the White House," said the senator. "He has a beachhead [and] he's clearing the beach."

Meanwhile, the news coming from Washington has involved "healthcare and 40 other things in the same week," said Graham, turning the talk back to the Obamacare repeal debate following a crushing defeat of "skinny repeal" legislation last week.

"To give up on healthcare, it would be a mistake," said Graham. "I have a bill that's never been presented to the Senate. I think there's another round of healthcare coming."

The president, he continued, has to work with the nation's governors to fix Obamacare, and Senate Republican made a mistake not to do that.

Graham has been a frequent critic of the president, dating back to their 2016 election battles, but said Tuesday Trump can regain his confidence by focusing "like a laser" on a way to deliver healthcare reform.

"Discipline is what we're looking for," said Graham. "We didn't create him. The American people chose him. But he beat me and 16 other Republicans and the former secretary of state, so we should honor his win. But he has an obligation to be president for all of us to stop the chaos. Most of the chaos is generated by him and nobody else."

Trump has done things that are "unpresidential," said Graham, but the fate of his presidency is "not hopeless."

"If you can pass healthcare, to get money and power closer to the patient and away from Washington, then move on to taxes," Graham said. "Effectively deal with North Korea. His presidency can be consequential. Gen. Kelly was probably the best choice available to him."

However, he said, it's important to "not empower" Trump when he does "dangerous things."

"We're not going to change the rules of the Senate because he tells us to," Graham said. "I'm not going to change 200 years of history because Donald Trump's mad. We rebuked him when it came to Russia, 97-2, to pass new sanctions."

Graham said he'll continue to call Trump out for saying "things bad about the country," but if he helps lawmakers deliver a new healthcare law, "I will help him. He is our president."

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If it's true that President Donald Trump personally dictated a statement his son, Donald Trump Jr., gave to The New York Times about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, then that was a "bad decision by the president," Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.
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