WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham stated President Trump agreed that Islamic State terrorists in Syria should be defeated.
“He promised to destroy ISIS. He’s going to keep that promise. We’re not there yet, but as I said today we’re inside the 10-yard line and the president understands the need to finish the job,” Graham informed reporters after he had lunch with the president on the White House.
The South Carolina Republican stated Trump’s journey to go to US troops in Iraq the day after Christmas was “eye-opening.”
“The commanders there told him that ISIS was in a world of hurt, not completely destroyed but well on the way,” Graham stated.
Earlier Sunday, Graham informed Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would push Trump to rethink his choice to pull the 2,000 US troops in Syria or danger permitting ISIS to regenerate.
He stated he was additionally involved concerning the destiny of Kurdish fighters who performed an important function within the US-backed coalition battling ISIS in Syria.
Turkey views the Kurds as terrorists who’re aligned with teams attempting to foster dissent inside its borders.
“The Kurds stepped up when no one else did,” Graham stated exterior the White House.
He stated Trump has talked to Turkey about making a buffer zone for the Kurds.
“The last thing we want is a war between Turkey and the Kurds and ISIS being the big winner,” he stated.
Trump introduced the abrupt pullout of troops from Syria earlier this month, prompting the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.