Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday offered effusive praise for President Donald Trump's strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and hinted that the president believed more military action in Syria was on the way.
As reported by the Washington Post's Dave Weigel, Graham explained to reporters that he told Trump that the strike against Assad was only "the first step" in the fight against him, and Trump told the senator that "I believe you're right."
Graham, who wants ground troops in Syria, said he told Trump this was "the first step" in a journey. "He said yeah, I believe you're right."— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1491581975.0
Graham also said that Trump was very pleased by the global reaction he received for his decision to bomb Assad, as several leaders from around the world called him to offer thanks.
More Graham: "I said, I was very proud of him. He said a lot of people had called, 100 countries had called the White House and thanked him"— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1491582238.0
"I think there's a side to President Trump that's very much like Ronald Reagan," Graham gushed at one point.
Lindsey Graham: "I think there's a side to President Trump that's very much like Ronald Reagan."— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1491581794.0
As a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump repeatedly attacked foreign interventions such as the Iraq war and the U.S. involvement in Libya for destabilizing the Middle East. It was just days ago that the administration's policy on Assad was to give up on regime change and let the Syrian government stay in power.