GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA-TV) – This marks the first Veterans Day since Donald Trump won the Presidential election. His victory speech focused heavily on taking care of those who’ve served our country.
Friday, Senator Lindsey Graham joined in on Veterans Day celebrations in Greenville. He spoke to 7 News about his views on Trump’s visions for vets and what he’d like to see happen.
“Every American should insist that every veteran have access to healthcare anywhere in the country, including their own back yard,” said Graham.
Under the shadow of Greenville Memorial Hospital, Senator Graham told hundreds attending the annual GHS Veterans Day ceremony that veterans need more health care options.
He told 7 News that is the top on his agenda for President-elect Donald Trump.
“So, here’s what I’m going to do with our next president. Try to make sure that every veteran has choices. If you don’t like the VA, come to Greenville Memorial Hospital and we will pay the bill,” said Graham.
An Air Force vet himself, graham has never been shy about his strong stance on national defense. He said is trusting Trump to lead the charge.
“I think we should lead the world and I think President Trump has an open mind [and] is off to a good start at rebuilding the military. Probably the single best thing he could do for foreign policy is replace these defense cuts,” said Graham.
In Trump’s first 100 days, Graham said Trump should focus on issues that unite us, like building better roads and bridges. He also revealed who he’d recommend for the vacant Supreme Court seat.
“I would put Ted Cruz on that list. I would suggest to President Trump to look within the Senate. There’s some talent in there like Ted Cruz,” he said.
He also sent a message to Democrats who don’t like Trump’s choice.
“Give HIM the respect that I gave President Obama,” said Graham. “I’m here to tell them, if they try to block this pick, they will regret it.”