Lindsey Graham Trashes Rand Paul Over Shutdown: ‘He’s Been a Disaster’ on National Security

On Thursday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reignited his feud with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over the government shutdown.

Graham told Fox News’ Shannon Bream that he isn’t “mad” at his colleague for delaying the vote on the proposed budget, but did call Paul’s tactic “very dangerous.”

“To Senator Paul, the deficit is a problem, the debt is a problem, entitlement reform is necessary and I applaud you for being courageous enough to talk about delaying retirement and means testing benefits, but on national security, you have been wrong at every turn,” Graham said. “You do not understand what our military has been facing since 2011. There are planes that can’t fly, there are soldiers that can’t deploy, there are families that have to miss their family members way too much because we don’t have enough people in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and Marine Corps… So he can play his little games, but when the sun comes up tomorrow, the military is going to be flushed with cash and God bless those who are doing the fighting.”

Bream pressed Graham on the GOP’s campaign promises to “cut back” on the size of government and its spending, but Graham responded by saying he was sent to Washington to “make sure we can defend the nation.”

“I’m a Republican. The #1 priority is to fund the military and this will do it,” Graham continued.

Graham took more shots at Paul, saying he’s “been a disaster” when it comes to national security.

“He said tonight, the best way to get the military a pay raise is withdraw from Afghanistan,” Graham elaborated. “Name one general who believes it’s smart to withdraw from Afghanistan.”

Bream then asked Graham if he and Paul would “hug it out” in the end, which he quickly rejected because it’s not about them but “about those who are doing the fighting.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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