Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) interrupted a confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee William Barr to issue a rebuke of President Donald Trump over his Syria policy.
The president has walked back his claim that the Islamic State has been defeated after announcing a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, where four American service members were killed Wednesday in an attack claimed by the militant group.
“I want to make a quick statement,” Graham said during the hearing. “My concern by the statements made by President Trump is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we’re fighting, you make people who are trying to help wonder about us, and as they get bolder, the people who are trying to help are going to get more uncertain.”
Graham, an outspoken Trump supporter, warned the president not too remove troops until Syria was more stable.
“I saw this in Iraq, I’m now seeing it in Syria,” Graham said. “Every American wants our troops to come home, but when they do come home, we’re safe.”
“Think what you want to about those people over there, they’ve had enough of killing,” he added. “They would love to have the opportunity we have to fix their problems without the force of violence. I would hope the president would look long and hard where he’s headed in Syria.”
Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’
President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.
The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.
"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."
Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’
President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.
Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.
....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!
Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?
America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.