Lindsey Graham Slams POTUS for Announcing Troop Withdrawal From Syria, Compares Trump to Obama

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made a rare break from President Donald Trump to bash him for his decision to remove troops from parts of Syria.

Early Monday morning, Trump took to Twitter to explain that he would be pulling U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. This decision will place Turkish forces in control of the area, leaving America’s Kurdish allies in a vulnerable position.

Kurdish leaders called the decision a “stab in the back,” while Trump touted the decision as proof of him following through on his “America First” policy of ending “endless wars” in the Middle East.

Beyond the risk to the Kurds, others fear the decision could lead to a rebirth of ISIS similar to when President Barack Obama pulled out of Iraq during his presidency.

During an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Graham — who is known for his hawkish foreign policy — pulled no punches in his condemnation of Trump’s decision.

Watch Graham’s remarks below:

“If I didn’t see Donald Trump’s name on the tweet I thought it would be Obama’s rationale for getting out of Iraq. So here is what is going to happen: This is going to lead to ISIS’s reemergence. Nothing better for ISIS than to create a conflict between the Kurds and Turkey. The Kurds will now align with [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad because they have nobody to count on because we abandoned them. So this is a big win for Iran and Assad. A big win for ISIS.”

Graham said he will be penning a resolution for Congress to urge the president not to remove troops from this particular region of Syria.

“Obama was told what would happen in Iraq, it did. I’m here to say this is going to lead to the reemergence of ISIS and the biggest win of all this will be the Iranians,” said Graham.

Graham argued that the administration’s claim that ISIS is no longer a threat is a “lie.”

“You may be tired of fighting radical Islam but they’re not tired of fighting you. I heard the same argument from President Obama,” said Graham, later adding, “ISIS is not defeated, my friend. The biggest lie being told by the administration that ISIS is defeated.”

While Graham decries Trump’s decision, other Republicans are on board with the decision, including Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

“I stand with [President Trump] today as he once again fulfills his promises to stop our endless wars and have a true America First foreign policy,” Paul tweeted.

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william jackson
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I agree with Graham. Trump use to criticize Barry for broadcasting the battle plan. I agreed with Trump then—-what caused a strategy change? Why now is it good to tell the enemy what your future plans are? I don’t get it.

General Confusion
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The Kurds are / were controlling about 60,000 ISIS fighters and family members. All that needs to happen is for the Kurds to walk way when the Turks come for them and all hell could break loose again from this one boneheaded decision.

Screwtape
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The worst part of this is that the withdrawal signals that the US no longer supports its allies.

Screwtape
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I agree with Graham. The Kurds have been loyal allies and THIS is the 2nd time they’ve been betrayed by the US. Trump should re-frame this. It’s NOT a part of an “endless war” but acting as mediators and supporters for our allies. We do as much for NATO and in supporting others against NK and China. Our presence alone is a deterrent. Left to it’s own, Turkey under Erdogan will yield to its Muslim extremist tendencies. It will flood the area with Sunni Muslims, much as the PRC did with Tibet, Mongolia, and other *ahem* annexed territories and ethnic… Read more »

Paul
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With no disrespect to the office of the presidency, I do believe that Donnie reached the apex of his intellectual and valuable career with that TV show (what was it?) he hosted. On a more serious note (I really mean it) when he disowned his youngest son was one of the worst acts he could do without conscience.

Sandra Lueder
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Sandra Lueder

I don’t know where to come down on this one, seeing merit to both sides. I am concerned, however, about the fate of the Kurds. They have been very helpful to us. I hate to see them scr*wed yet again.

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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The problem is, once American troops have slammed a lid on unrest, if they do not maintain a presence and keep the lid on the situation, things tend to drift back into the chaos the Americans troops were first dispatched to slam the lid on. Not wanting to engage in “Nation Building” is all well and good, but does not really workout in the real world. Once we are involved simply pulling out because we have made the sides stop shooting at each other is not always an option….

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