Lindsey Graham, arguably Donald Trump’s staunchest ally on Capitol Hill, is furious.
It comes as no surprise that Graham isn’t enamored with news that the White House sold out America’s Kurdish allies in Syria during a Sunday phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Graham has never seen eye-to-eye with Trump on foreign policy.
What is surprising, though, is how forcefully Graham came out in opposition on Monday at a time when Republicans are circling the wagons amid the spiraling impeachment probe.
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“I don’t know all the details regarding President Trump’s decision in northern Syria”, Lindsey began, first thing Monday morning in a series of tweets.
“[I’m] in the process of setting up phone call with Secretary Pompeo [but] if press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making”, he said, adding that Trump folding to Erdogan will lead to the following four outcomes:
- Ensures ISIS comeback.
- Forces Kurds to align with Assad and Iran.
- Destroys Turkey’s relationship with US Congress.
- Will be a stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds.
And he wasn’t done.
“If this plan goes forward [I] will introduce [a] Senate resolution opposing [it] and asking for [a] reversal”, Graham said, warning that Trump can “expect it [to] receive strong bipartisan support”.
Trump, meanwhile, tweeted what he imagines is a compelling justification for the move. The following is verbatim, and while the broad contours are true, it contains omissions and the usual handful of mini-lies:
The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,………including capturing thousands of ISIS fighters, mostly from Europe. But Europe did not want them back, they said you keep them USA! I said “NO, we did you a great favor and now you want us to hold them in U.S. prisons at tremendous cost. They are yours for trials.” They……….again said “NO,” thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the “sucker,” on NATO, on Trade, on everything. The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for……..almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to……..figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!
Lindsey wasn’t listening. Instead, he hopped on the phone and called up Fox & Friends, just to make sure Trump got the message.
“I hope I’m making myself clear how shortsighted and irresponsible this decision is in my view”, he reiterated.
“This to me is just unnerving to its core”, he seethed, incredulous.
Suffice to say this is a bad time for Trump to be making enemies of his best friends in the Senate.