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Politico: Trump, Sen. Graham Ditched Insults to Form Improbable Alliance

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By    |   Monday, 23 October 2017 10:13 AM

President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham have formed an alliance that seemed most unlikely from a pair who routinely traded insults just two years ago, Politico reports.

From golf to dinners to rides on Marine One and guided tours and daily chats, the South Carolina Republican and the president have become downright chummy.

"Part of it is just getting to know each other better. And need. I do better in South Carolina when I'm seen as helping him, 'cause he's popular," Graham told Politico. "One thing he likes, I think, about me, is I don't quit. It wasn't enough to just move on after healthcare. I said: 'BS.' He saw in me a guy that had an idea that made sense and was willing to fight. So that's created sort of a bond."

It's a bond few would have predicted from men who traded barbs like "jackass" and "idiot" during a vitriolic Republican primary.

Trump and Graham have forged the bond on the golf course, having played twice in one week earlier this month. The two talk regularly, and Graham also talks to the president's staff before and after their meetings while giving input on a variety of legislative issues, Politico reports.

But that hasn't stopped Graham from publicly criticizing the president, either.

Graham on Sunday said the president still has a "blind spot" toward Russia, and late last week said Trump should "correct the problem" in the aftermath of an "inartful" conversation with a Gold Star widow that spurred instant controversy.

"Sometimes he drives divisions, he's very divisive with his rhetoric and we've got to grow the party with minorities," Graham told Politico. "It's a business. I work for the people of South Carolina and the country to help him where I can — and say no to him when I must."

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