Sen. Lindsay Graham is still standing strong against President Donald Trump and his decision to remove troops from Syria, saying that it would be a step backward in the nation’s foreign policy.
“That’s a pre-9/11 mentality that the Middle East is no concern to us,” Graham told Fox News on Wednesday. “I hope President Trump’s right. I hope we can turn the fight against ISIS over to Turkey. I hope that Turkey, when they go into Syria, they won’t slaughter the Kurds… If [Trump] follows through with this, it’d be the biggest mistake of his presidency.”
“I would argue for him to go back to the status quo,” Graham said. “The safe zones were working. Patrolling with Turkey and international forces to protect the Kurds and Turkey is the way to go. If we pull out, the Kurds are in a world of hurt and ISIS comes back, and President Trump will own it.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman likened the president’s movements to that of former President Barack Obama who made a similar mistake in Iraq, and went on to encourage Trump to stay with the former strategy of keeping troops in the area.
“Obama did the same thing in Iraq,” he said. “The Trump way of doing business worked. We destroyed ISIS with the help of the Kurds… We can’t abandon the Kurds now. We can’t turn it over to Turkey. To think that will work is really delusional and dangerous.”
The president announced in response to Graham and other Republicans’ concerns that he would take action against Turkey if they made moves he considered to be “off limits,” however the Turks have reportedly crossed into Syria after the announcement.
“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
“They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”
….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Written by Savannah Pointer.