Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a late-night speech from the Senate floor on Wednesday said that President Trump declaring that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been defeated in Syria is “fake news.”
“To those who say we have defeated ISIS in Syria, that is an inaccurate statement,” Graham said after Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he would be pulling troops out of the embattled nation. “They have been hurt, they have been degraded.”
“I give the president all the credit in the world for changing their policies regarding the fight against ISIS, but I will not buy into the narrative that they have been defeated,” Graham said, adding that he had just returned from visiting with troops in Afghanistan.
“To say they’re defeated is an overstatement and is fake news,” Graham added. “It is not true. They have been severely damaged, but they will come back unless we’re there to stop them.”
On Thursday, Graham took to Twitter to respond to a Trump tweet saying that “Russia, Iran, Syria & many others” are not happy about the U.S. leaving Syria.
“It is not FAKE NEWS that Russia, Iran, and Assad are unhappy about our decision to withdraw from Syria,” Graham tweeted. “They are ECSTATIC!” – READ MORE