US Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed Thursday that he and Donald Trump have talked to each other on the phone this week.
South Carolina Carolina’s senior Republican senator said Thursday that he and the party’s likely nominee had a about a 15-minute phone conversation this week, which focused largely on national security concerns. Graham and Trump had perhaps the most colorful rivalry of any candidates in this year’s primary, even if Trump won a majority of state primaries while Graham rarely cracked most polls’ margins of error.
According to the Washington Post, Graham described it as a “very good talk,” but said multiple times he still had no plans to vote for Trump in the November election. Graham told the newspaper that he and Trump agreed not to publicly insult each other anymore, but that he is going to stay right where he is in terms of the presidential race.“But I appreciated the phone call,” Graham told the paper.
Graham said he called Trump after hearing from “mutual friends” that Trump wanted to hear from him.
The phone call could also signal a thaw in the ongoing feud between the two, which began on the campaign trail when Graham called Trump a “jackass” in July for negative comments Trump made about Sen. John McCain. It then escalated when Trump gave out Graham’s private cell phone number during a Hilton Head speech the next day, which was captured live on national cable news networks.