Trump revealed on Twitter that the U.S. had “defeated” the self-described Islamic State terror network in the country, which was his “only reason for” troops “being there” during his presidency.
Graham, who only last week said he didn’t see an issue with Trump lying about sex, countered with a tweetstorm warning it “would be a huge Obama-like mistake.”
He said troop withdrawal “mightily undercuts” the effort to contain Iranian expansion and puts “our allies, the Kurds at risk.” Graham also claimed it would “be viewed as a boost to ISIS desire to come back.”
Graham and five other senators also signed an open letter to Trump expressing their concern over the policy change.
“We believe that such action at this time is a premature and costly mistake that not only threatens the safety and security of the United States, but also emboldens ISIS, (Syrian President) Bashar al Assad, Iran, and Russia.”