Lindsey Graham: Bolton, Mattis and Pompeo All Have Different Positions than Trump on Syria
Senator Lindsey Graham says the problem with Donald Trump‘s pullout from Syria is underlined by how his top White House advisers are all advising him against his choice.
Graham spoke to CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Thursday to express his continued opposition to the Syrian withdrawal decision. The senator said he recently spoke to high ranking officials like Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the situation, and they are on completely different wavelengths from the president on this.
“Secretary Mattis is firmly in the camp of the job in Syria is not yet done, that abandoning the Kurds now will hurt us down the road, that ISIS could and probably will come back. I think that’s the universal view of [National Security Adviser John] Bolton, Pompeo, and Mattis.”
Graham used the opportunity to criticize Barack Obama‘s decision to pull out of Iraq in 2011, but he acknowledged that “the president has the right to do what he would like” just like Obama did.
“All I am saying, if you don’t trust these people’s judgment, find somebody you do trust,” Graham said. “The people around him are the most talented people I have met in the last 20 years. I would ask the president to reconsider, come up with a plan to withdraw that’s conditions-based.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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