Republican senator: "we are slowing things down"

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that he talked to US President Donald about the withdrawal process from Syria and Trump told him that the withdrawal process was slowed down at this stage
Monday, 31 December 2018 10:24

Lindsey Graham, senator of South Carolina in the US, talked about the plans in Syria after meeting with Donald Trump at the White House.

The US senator told reporters after meeting with Trump at a luncheon yesterday in the White House that Trump had not abandoned the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, but had reassessed his decision to withdraw immediately, taking into account the risks in the region.

"After discussions with the President and (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph) Dunford, I never felt better about where we are headed. I think we're slowing things down in a smart way", the Senator said. "I think we're in a pause situation where we are reevaluating what's the best way to achieve the President's objective of having people pay more and do more", he added.

In his statement, Graham said that the "pause" was to assess the effects of conditions in the field.

Graham said that when Trump visited the forces in Iraq, the commanders in the region told him that IS was not completely destroyed and this information allowed the president to see the situation more clearly.

No statement came from the White House on the issue yet.

US President's National Security Advisor John Bolton is expected to visit Turkey and Israel in the coming days.

US Senator Lindsay Graham is known for his opposition to Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria. Graham, in his statement to CNN, expressed that he was concerned about leaving "their allies Kurds". "If we leave now, the Kurds are going to get slaughtered", he said.

The Republican senator interpreted the decision to withdraw immediately from Syria, which Trump had announced in early December, as a "disaster".