President Donald Trump is ready to bring war to North Korea if it continues to develop missiles that can destroy American targets, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday.
“There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s (missile) program and North Korea itself,” he said on NBC’s Today.
Graham said Trump won’t allow North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to have an intercontinental ballistic missile that can “hit America” with a nuclear weapon.
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“If there’s going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here. And he has told me that to my face,” Graham said, speaking of Trump.
“And that may be provocative, but not really. When you’re president of the United States, where does your allegiance lie? To the people of the United States,” the senator said.
Graham said the inaction of the past has limited the options in the present.
“I’m saying it’s inevitable unless North Korea changes because you’re making our president pick between regional stability and homeland security. He’s having to make a choice that no president wants to make. They kicked the can down the road for 20 years. There’s no place else to kick it.”
Graham said Trump has talked about his plans.
“There will be a war with North Korea over the missile program if they continue to try to hit America with an ICBM. He told me that. I believe him,” the senator said.
“If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it,” Graham said, referring to Trump’s push to get to China to intervene with North Korea — a strategy that has produced no tangible results to date.
Graham said that although military experts have said there are no good options for any attack, those planners were wrong.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Graham needs a classified briefing.
“My reaction is that Lindsey Graham should get a classified briefing like the ones I have had,” she said. “It is all classified. But we know much more about these weapons and where they are. And what the difficulties are. That’s all I can say.”