Lindsey Graham Says He’ll Tweet Back at Trump Every Time He Mentions Syria
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has set the stage for future Twitter battles with President Donald Trump. The senator told a McClatchy DC journalist that he would hit back at Donald Trump every time he mentioned Syria. He reportedly said, “I’m not letting this go.”
Since Wednesday morning, when Donald Trump announced he was considering the withdrawal of U.S. troops based in Syria, the senator has been vocal in his disapproval. In a Twitter thread yesterday, Graham told Trump he was making a “huge Obama-like mistake”.
He asserted that contrary to Trump’s belief, ISIS had not been eradicated from Syria and warned that a U.S. withdrawal would “be viewed as a boost to ISIS desire to come back.”
The latest UN estimates put the number of ISIS fighters in Syria at between 20,000 and 30,000
Following his Twitter remarks, Graham took to the Senate floor on Wednesday night and spoke out against the decision. CNN reported Graham called the move “disastrous to our own national security” and lamented that the decision was being made “against sound military advice”.
“We have been dishonorable. This is a stain on the honor of the United States,” Graham said.
Graham was among a group of senators who wrote a letter to President Trump on Wednesday following his decision urging him to reconsider. CNN reported that GOP Senators, Joni Ernst, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton also signed the letter, as well as Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and the independent Angus King.
Beyond ISIS, in the letter, Graham and his fellow senators expressed concerns over the message that a U.S. withdrawal would send to the Syrian dictator, Bashar al Assad. They wrote that the dictatorship “continues to weigh heavily upon the Syrian people, and we fear that a withdrawal of our troops may embolden Assad to take further actions to solidify power.”