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Graham says Trump slowing down planned withdrawal from Syria

Senator Lindsey Graham calls CNN anchor’s account of Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 is ‘a bunch of bulls***,’ while announcing he ‘feels better’ after Trump told him the Syria withdrawal is to be staggered

  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed CNN anchor Dana Bash’s account of Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 as ‘a bunch of bulls***’
  • Graham appeared in a ‘State of the Union’ segment early Sunday
  • He discussed foreign policy and President Trump’s decision to withdrawal of US forces in Syria
  • Graham said ‘everything we’re dealing with today falls on Obama’s watch. He’s the one who withdrew from Iraq’
  • When Bash said Obama did it because of a status of forces agreement in Iraq, Graham dismissed her
  • He said: ‘No, that’s a bunch of bullsh*t… Pardon my French. That’s a complete lie. That’s a complete absolute lie’

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed CNN anchor Dana Bash’s account of Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 and called it ‘a bunch of bulls***.’

Graham appeared in a ‘State of the Union’ segment early Sunday, when he discussed foreign policy and President Trump’s decision to withdrawal of US forces in Syria. 

While speaking to Graham, the CNN anchorwoman and political correspondent said about the decision: ‘You have said this could pave the way for a second 9/11 in the US… If ISIS reconstitutes itself after the US leaves, does President Trump bear responsibility?’

Graham replied:’ Well, number one, everything we’re dealing with today falls on Obama’s watch. He’s the one who withdrew from Iraq.’

The Obama administration pulled American forces out of Iraq at the end of 2011, in part because United States diplomats failed to close the deal on a Status of Forces agreement that could have provided a legal framework to keep some American troops in place to keep the peace. 

 

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed CNN anchor Dana Bash’s account of Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 as ‘a bunch of bulls***’

Graham appeared in a 'State of the Union' segment early Sunday, when he discussed foreign policy and President Trump's decision to withdrawal of US forces in Syria

Graham appeared in a ‘State of the Union’ segment early Sunday, when he discussed foreign policy and President Trump’s decision to withdrawal of US forces in Syria

Bash chimed in and said: ‘But he did it because there was a status of forces agreement in Iraq, right?’

Graham replied: ‘No, that’s a bunch of bullsh*t… pardon my French. That’s a complete lie. That’s a complete absolute lie. I’ve been there. 

‘Obama wanted to get to zero, he got to zero. On October 21, 2011, I said that I hope the president is right and I’m wrong, but I fear this decision will come back to haunt us,’ he said. ‘ISIS came about as a result of our withdrawal from Iraq.’ 

Meanwhile, Graham said Sunday that Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of US forces in Syria. 

‘I think we’re in a pause situation,’ the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president.

Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria, with aides expecting it to take place swiftly. 

The Obama administration pulled American forces out of Iraq at the end of 2011, in part because United States diplomats failed to close the deal on a Status of Forces agreement that could have provided a legal framework to keep some American troops in place to keep the peace. Obama is pictured on December 12, 2018 in New York

The Obama administration pulled American forces out of Iraq at the end of 2011, in part because United States diplomats failed to close the deal on a Status of Forces agreement that could have provided a legal framework to keep some American troops in place to keep the peace. Obama is pictured on December 12, 2018 in New York

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria

The president had declared victory over the Islamic State group in Syria, though pockets of fighting remain.

Graham had been an outspoken critic of Trump’s policy, which had drawn bipartisan criticism. 

The announcement also had shocked lawmakers and American allies, including Kurds who have fought alongside the US against the Islamic State group and face an expected assault by Turkey.

‘I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way,’ Graham said, adding that Trump was very aware of the plight of the Kurds.

Critics had contended that the US withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russia, which have supported the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

National security adviser John Bolton was expected to travel to Israel and Turkey next weekend to discuss the president’s plans with the American allies.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, after his meeting with President Donald Trump, Sunday, December 30, 2018

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, after his meeting with President Donald Trump, Sunday, December 30, 2018

Meanwhile, seen speaking to the press outside Sunday the West Wing of the White House in Washington, said that Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of US forces in Syria

Meanwhile, seen speaking to the press outside Sunday the West Wing of the White House in Washington, said that Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of US forces in Syria

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