Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that Democrats have for years wanted America to stand up to China, and now that President Donald Trump is doing just that.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Graham also said American consumers should expect “some” pain with the trade war — but that it’ll be worth the gain.
“To my democratic colleagues [Trump is] doing the things you've been calling for all these years,” he said.
“Democrats for years have been claiming that China should be stood up to,” he said. “Now Trump has and we've just got to accept the pain that comes with standing up to China. How do you get China to change without creating some pain on them and us? I don't know.”
“Consumer prices on commodities are going to go up,” he added. “We're now at that part in the trade war where you feel price increases at Walmart…. I'd tell Mr. President, ‘listen, you have a lot more bullets than they do.’ The goal is to get them to change their behavior…. Until they feel the pain, they’re not going to stop.”
Graham also said he disagrees with Democrats — and Trump — on pulling out of Afghanistan.
“I think they're all wrong,” he said.
“Mr. President, if you don't have a counter-terrorism force left behind, even if you've got to deal with the Taliban — which I doubt, but you might — they don't have the capability or will to protect the American homeland….
“I am concerned that the president, in his desire to get out, is going to make the same mistake that President [Barack] Obama did in Iraq.”
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