Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey GrahamLindsey Graham9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for UN leader willing to meet lawmakers amid push to cut funding GOP lawmaker: Calling Putin a war criminal could lead to conflict with Russia MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that the White House needed to clarify its July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline in order for Gen. David Petraeus to get the job there done.

"When it comes to deadlines, we need to take that off his back," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday," adding that if the Obama administration was intent on withdrawing troops by that date no matter what, "if that's the policy it will doom this operation."



Graham reiterated the call that he made with Sens. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain leans toward voting for Tillerson Trump's navy build-up comes with steep price tag 9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for MORE (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) at a Wednesday press conference: to shake up the civilian team on the ground while moving in a new general.


"This is a chance to start over completely," Graham said.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinFeinstein: Russia's interference affected outcome of election 'Future of America' at stake with hacking, Feinstein says Sunday shows preview: Trump allies appear after John Lewis criticism MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, said she believed that Petraeus has "flexibility, realistically" on a deadline and will have input in the civilian component in Afghanistan.

"If the team isn't right I think Gen. Petraeus' views should be taken into consideration," she said.

"I think we put all of our eggs in the Petraeus basket at this stage," Feinstein added.