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Lindsey Graham Talks to Trump on Defense Policy

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By    |   Thursday, 12 May 2016 04:40 PM

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham talked to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump about national security policy on Wednesday, Politico reports.

Graham, who ran against Trump for his party's nomination before dropping out of the race in December, called the 15-minute telephone conversation "very cordial" and "funny," but said he still has no intention of supporting Trump's candidacy.

"He's got a great sense of humor," Graham told reporters on Thursday. "He's from New York, he obviously can take a punch. I wished him well, and that's where we are."

Graham said it was he who phoned Trump, but he did so after hearing from "mutual friends" that Trump wanted to talk, The Post and Courier reports.

"I gave him my two cents' worth," Graham said. "[Trump] won, I lost, but the fact that he's reaching out and wants to talk to me about something I've spent a lot of time on is reassuring."

Graham's office later issued a statement saying Trump asked "good questions" about national security, but that Graham still has no plans to endorse his old rival who has dubbed Graham a "lightweight" and gave out Graham's cellphone number at a campaign rally.

"My position remains the same regarding both candidates running for president," Graham's statement read. "I will do what I can in the Senate to help the next president. The next president will inherit a mess."

The call came a day ahead of Trump meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C.

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