‘It is not true. They have been severely damaged but they will come back unless we’re there to stop them…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria “fake news.”
In a speech from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Graham blasted Trump for saying the terror threat of ISIS has been defeated.
“To those who say ‘we have defeated ISIS in Syria,’ that is an inaccurate statement,” Graham said. “They have been hurt, they have been degraded.”
“I give the president all the credit in the world for changing their policies regarding the fight against ISIS, but I will not buy into the narrative that they have been defeated,” Graham said, noting that he had just visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Trump has defended his decision to withdraw from Syria and said the only reason he allowed U.S. troops to stay in the region was to defeat ISIS.
“Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer,” the president wrote in a tweet. “Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing [sic] there work. Time to come home & rebuild. #MAGA”
Graham took to Twitter to respond to Trump: “It is not FAKE NEWS that Russia, Iran, and Assad are unhappy about our decision to withdraw from Syria. They are ECSTATIC!”
It is not FAKE NEWS that Russia, Iran, and Assad are unhappy about our decision to withdraw from Syria.
They are ECSTATIC! https://t.co/7cZgEDBbdT
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 20, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin supported Trump’s decision in a press conference on Thursday: “Donald’s right, and I agree with him.”
Graham said the U.S. must fulfill its promise and continue to aid its allies in the fight against ISIS.
“To say they’re defeated is an overstatement and is fake news,” Graham said. “It is not true. They have been severely damaged but they will come back unless we’re there to stop them.”