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In an extensive interview Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., broadcast suggested that President Trump “reconsider” its scheduled withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria, which has been painted, widespread cross-party criticism.
Graham is also the former President Barack Obama’s justification for pulling troops out of Iraq in 2011-a move widely credited, so that the rapid rise of the terrorist group ISIS as a “bunch of bullsh–, pardon my French.”
Seen on CNN’s “state of the Union” host Dana Bash, Graham rejected the idea that the 2008 U.S.–Iraq Status-of-Forces Agreement, signed by President George W. Bush, had forced Obama’s hand. The agreement called for all US troops leave the country by the end of 2011.
“This is a complete and absolute lie,” Graham said. “I was there, in conversation with the Prime Minister of Iraq — Obama was going to zero. He got to zero. October 21, 2011, I said, I hope the President is right, but I’m afraid this decision will come back to haunt us. ISIS is the result of our withdrawal from Iraq.”
The argument that “all we have to do with today falls on Obama’s watch,” Graham, President of Trump urged to reverse his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from neighboring Syria.
“If we go now, the Kurds are going to get slaughtered,” Graham said, which focused on U.S.-Iranian ethnic group fighting in the region. “He talked to [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] gen [Joseph] Dunford, I got a call from gen Dunford. The President is to rethink how we do this. He is frustrated, I get that-people should pay more, fight more.”
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In a video taken in front of the White house and posted on his Twitter account earlier this month, Trump explains his sudden decision of troops from Syria, hours earlier, in an unusually personal words, he was to inform it is always difficult for soldiers, family members that their relatives have died in combat.
“We have said, fought for a long time in Syria,” Trump. “I’ve been President for almost two years, and we have really stepped in it. And we won, against ISIS. We have, and we have beaten them badly. And now it’s time to get our troops back home.”
But Graham, who tells Bash that he Outdo never has “access” to, and would discuss the matter with him to lunch on Sunday, said the U.S. mission in Syria is not yet complete.
“We are not the policeman of the world here,” Graham said, after he hold on to Trump the decision, troops in Iraq for now. “We are fighting a war against ISIS. You are not defeated in Syria. I ask the President to ensure that we have troops still there to protect us. Don’t outsource our national security to some foreign power. If we go now, the Kurds are going to be in a fight with the Turkey, you could get slaughtered.”
He added: “If we go now, there’s a land bridge from Tehran to Beirut, in respect of the weapons against Israel. I will ask you to do the President, what would President Obama never, ever change your mind.”
Graham said Trump, the decision was against the “sound military advice,” including the outgoing Minister of defense of Jim Mattis.
Mattis, signed the orders to pull all American troops out of Syria in the coming weeks, gave his resignation letter to President Trump earlier this month in which he confirmed that a strong nation is based on a “comprehensive” network of alliances, and the “firm and clear” in the approach to countries with strategic differences, citing China and Russia.
“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of defense whose views aligned better with you-on this and other topics, I think it is the right thing for me is wrote to the resignation of my office”, Mattis.
A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that Mattis was leaving, “to protest against the President of the national security policy.”
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.