Lindsey Graham After Trump Meeting: ‘We’re in a Pause Situation’ on Syria Withdrawal
On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham met with President Donald Trump to discuss the situation in Syria.
After the two-hour get together, Graham — who had said prior to the meeting he had planned to ask Trump to reconsider his Syria withdrawal plans — told reporters, “we’re in a pause situation.”
“I think the president has come up with a plan with his generals that makes sense to me,” Graham explained. “The goal is to make sure ISIS doesn’t come back.”
He added: “We left Iraq too soon. We had them on the ropes in Iraq, left too soon. I think the president’s very committed to making sure when we leave Syria that ISIS is completely defeated and we’re inside the ten-yard line. And the Iran/Kurd situation has to be dealt with.”
Then, speaking of the Syria withdrawal, Graham said this: “I think we’re in a pause situation, we’re re-evaluating what’s the best way to achieve the president’s objective of having people pay more and do more.”
Graham later tweeted out this follow-up about his conversation with President Donald Trump, indicating that Trump would make sure any withdrawal from Syria would be done in a way to ensure “ISIS is permanently destroyed.”
The President will make sure any withdrawal from Syria will be done in a fashion to ensure:
1) ISIS is permanently destroyed.
2) Iran doesn’t fill in the back end, and
3) our Kurdish allies are protected.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 30, 2018
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