CNBC Excerpts: Republican Presidential Candidate Senator Lindsey Graham on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Today

WHEN: TODAY, FRIDAY, December 11, 2015


Following are excerpts from the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Republican Presidential Candidate Senator Lindsey Graham today on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Following are links to video of the interview on and

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He's convinced people he's strong, when actually he is weak. If he knew anything about the war at all, the last thing you would do is say something that would hurt us in our ability to put together a coalition. How do you go to the King of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt and put together a partnership they're willing to enter into when one of the loudest voices in America has just declared war on your faith and so this is an ill-conceived idea, but Americans believe what he is saying makes him safe, but I don't.


Donald Trump abandoning all Muslims or suggesting that we should do that makes it very difficult to have partnerships with people in the faith who overwhelmingly reject the ideology, so he has done the one thing that helps ISIL and hurts us.


Here's my advice to our friends at Silicon Valley, if you can't find an agreement with the FBI director soon as to how we, the government with a court order can find out what's going on with terrorist communications, congress will do this for you. I would prefer the private sector, working with the FBI to come up with a system that allows us to be safe and protect privacy.

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