Graham continued by saying he did support stopping the drills, but in order “to give North Korea some breathing space to see if we can get a deal,” noting that “the money we spend training with our allies is money well spent.”

“It’s not a burden onto the American taxpayer to have a forward deployed force in South Korea. It brings stability. It’s a warning to China that you can’t just take over the whole region. So I reject that analysis that it costs too much, but I do accept the proposition, let’s stand down and see if we can find a better way here,” the South Carolina lawmaker said on “Anderson Cooper 360.”