Sen. Graham Calls for Senate Hearings on Decision to Withdraw Troops From Syria

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Posted: Dec 21, 2018 3:45 PM
Sen. Graham Calls for Senate Hearings on Decision to Withdraw Troops From Syria

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with President Trump on his decision Thursday to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Friday that he would like to hear from Defense Secretary James Mattis in a hearing on the matter.

Mattis also disagrees strongly with the decision to withdraw from Syria and resigned over the matter Thursday.

Reuters reported that on his way to a GOP meeting of senators, Graham planned “to ask for hearings like right now about Syria.”

He also expressed concern about reports of potential troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

“I dare anybody to say that ISIS-K is defeated in Afghanistan,” Graham said, in reference to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province, a branch of the Islamic State, which is active in Afghanistan.

The group “is a bigger threat this year than they were last year. It is clear to me that ISIS-K is plotting to hit America,” he claimed.

In a tweet thread Friday morning, Sen. Graham outlined several of his biggest questions and concerns regarding the decision to withdraw troops.