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Lindsey Graham: If ISIS Revives, Trump Will 'Own It'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:36 AM

An outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's Middle East withdrawal, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the administration might have destroyed the caliphate, but not the ISIS spirit and, if terrorist group revives, Trump will "own it."

"All I can say, it takes two to end the war," Graham told Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine", per BizPac Review. "You may be tired of fighting radical Islam, but they're not tired of fighting you. If we abandon the Kurds, ISIS will come back, and if there is an attack here or against our allies, President Trump owns it — and you can avoid all of that with less than a thousand troops."

Trump had criticized Graham for wanting to continue an endless war in the Middle East and Judge Jeanine Pirro asked the senator how long he wants the U.S. to keep a presence there.

"The day ISIS surrenders, call me," Graham said. "We should be there as long as there is a threat. I'm not asking for an endless war. I am just trying to be smart here. You know, [former President George W.] Bush sent 100,000 people in, that didn't work. [Former President Barack] Obama left, that didn't work. What Trump has done is actually pretty smart. A couple hundred of us, less than a thousand, working with the Kurds and the Arabs on the ground, let them do the fighting. We provide air cover and that has worked."

Graham said having our troops help fighters in the region protect their land is the model to follow and Trump's latest withdrawal has made the Kurds in northern Syria and the situation vulnerable.

"President Trump has actually done something really smart," Graham said. "We destroyed the caliphate. But they're not destroyed as a force. But the caliphate was destroyed with eight American casualties over four years because the Kurds and the Arabs did the fighting. The Kurds lost around 10,000 people. They're doing the fighting with our help. That is the model. A couple hundred of us working with the Kurds to keep the 10,000 from coming back is really smart."

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An outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's Middle East withdrawal, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the administration might have destroyed the caliphate, but not the ISIS spirit and, if terrorist group revives, Trump will "own it.""...
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