President Trump continues to surprise people by offering kind words and actions to those mourning the loss of Senator John McCain behind the scenes.
The President has been accused of handling the death of a political rival rather ungraciously by the media, and by politicians in both sides of the political spectrum. Some of it correct, some of it overblown.
Behind the scenes, Trump has been quite gracious to many of McCain’s friends and family.
He responded to a family request for military transportation of the late Senator’s remains, military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport, in the affirmative.
He directed his Chief of Staff John Kelly to handle requests in regards to McCain’s family as, “whatever they need they get.”
And now, Senator Lindsey Graham described a touching moment that the President shared with him “out of the blue.”
Graham fought through tears on Tuesday to deliver a tribute to his good friend on the Senate floor.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 29, 2018
“The reason we’re talking about him today and the reason I’m crying is because he was successful in spite of his failures,” Graham said, fighting back tears.
“The joy that you received from being with him will sustain you for a lifetime and I am so lucky to have been in his presence.”
On Wednesday, Graham told CNN that he received a surprise phone call from Donald Trump immediately following the speech.
“He couldn’t have been nicer,” Graham explained.
“He said, ‘That was very sad. I just wanted to let you know that you did right by your friend,'” the South Carolina Senator revealed. “I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.'”
“Right out of the blue,” Graham said of the call.
Sen. Lindsey Graham on President Trump and John McCain’s strained relationship: “When he says something bad about John, it pisses me off. [Trump] called yesterday after my speech… He said, ‘That was very sad, I just want to let you know that you did right by your friend.’” pic.twitter.com/wfHSh8M6TM
— CNN (@CNN) August 29, 2018
Graham has been a supporter of the President, but it doesn’t mean he won’t speak his mind occasionally when he feels Trump is out of line, as he did during numerous public spats between him and McCain.
“When (Trump) says something bad about John it pisses me off,” Graham confessed.
He added, “I just want to be a bridge, to the extent that I can be, from the McCain world, to the Bush world, to all the other worlds, to the Trump world, so we can get good policy.”
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