South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham revealed during an interview on CNN’s “Inside Politics” that President Donald Trump called him after his touching tribute to Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor, the Daily Caller reported.
Graham spoke about McCain, his best friend who passed away at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Graham told CNN on Wednesday that he received a surprise phone call from the president — who had a rough relationship with McCain — immediately after the speech.
“When he [Trump] says something bad about John it pisses me off,” Graham admitted, but added, “He called yesterday after my speech and he couldn’t have been nicer.”
“He said, ‘That was very sad. I just wanted to let you know that you did right by your friend,’” Graham shared. “I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’”
Graham said the call was “Right out of the blue.”
The senator delivered a tribute to McCain on the Senate floor last Tuesday.
“He [McCain] had wanted to be president. He was prepared to be president. But it was not his to have,” Graham emotionally stated. “And I remember above all else, the speech he gave that night.”
“John taught us how to lose,” Graham asserted.
“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. “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.”