According to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s continued use of the bombed airbase targeted by the United States on Friday signals am “F-You” to President Donald Trump.
With reports that Syria continues to send planes from the airbase that was used to drop chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing numerous men, women, and children, Graham believes Assad has no regard for President Trump’s military action.
Speaking with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press, Graham said “Here’s what I think Assad’s telling Trump by flying from this base: ‘F-you.’ And I think he’s making a serious mistake. Because if you’re an adversary of the United States and you don’t worry about what Trump may do on any given day, then you’re crazy.”
Graham also reiterated to Todd that ISIS, not Assad, is the top priority in Syria. Using a World War II metaphor, Graham said “ISIS should be Germany, and Assad should be Japan.”
The Republican senator noted the means between using traditional weapons and chemical bombs. Graham said “we’ve signed all over the world saying we’re not going to let one nation use weapons of mass destruction.”
An advocate of sending ground troops into Syria, Graham believes 5,000-6,000 U.S. troops will not only help Syrians topple the Assad regime, but begin to punch back at the Islamic State.
“You need a safe haven quickly so people can regroup inside of Syria. Then you train the opposition to go after Assad,” Graham said. “That’s how he’s taken out by his own people, with our efforts.”
Graham’s full interview with Todd can be seen below:
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