An explosive new book claims that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is "82 percent" in support of President Donald Trump.
McClatchy reported on the many Graham mentions in journalist Bob Woodward's book "Fear: Trump in the White House" and concluded that Graham is one of Trump's closest allies.
The two met for the first time in March 2017 at the White House, and Trump, according to Woodward's book, said, "We've got to be friends. You are going to be my friend."
They become closer over the rest of the year, talking and meeting on a regular basis about a variety of topics. They have played several rounds of golf together and have met multiple times in the Oval Office.
During a December round of golf, Trump accused Graham of not always having his back. Here's how the conversation went, according to Woodward and reported by McClatchy:
Graham: "You're a very good commander in chief. You're cleaning up the mess that Obama left you."
Trump: "You're a middle-of-the-road guy. I want you to be 100 percent for Trump ... You're like 82 percent."
Graham: "Well, some days I'm 100 percent. Some days I may be zero."
Trump: "I want you to be a 100 percent guy."
Graham: "Presidents need people that can tell them the truth as they see it. It's up to you to see if I'm full of s**t."
Woodward's book, McClatchy reported, also included a reference to Trump calling Haiti and certain African nations "s**thole countries." Graham was present at the meeting at which Trump make the remark, and he reportedly told Trump he wasn't happy with it.
"Well, some people like what I said," Trump reportedly told Graham.
"I'm not one of them," Graham said. "I want to help you. I like playing golf with you. But if that's the price of admission, count me out."
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