Graham hits Paul on call to bring troops home: 'Last time we ignored Afghanistan we got 9/11'

Graham hits Paul on call to bring troops home: 'Last time we ignored Afghanistan we got 9/11'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser MORE (S.C.) on Thursday hit back at his Republican colleague Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (Ky.) for suggesting that bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan would help solve budget issues. 

“Last time we ignored Afghanistan we got 9/11. Nearly 3000 lives lost and billions of dollars spent because we ignored Afghanistan. Never again,” Graham tweeted.

Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, added that only Paul and the Taliban think it’s a good idea to pull out of Afghanistan right away.

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Graham’s comments followed Paul’s Thursday appearance on Fox News, in which he argued some of the country’s military funding issues could be solved by pulling troops out of Afghanistan. 

“We’ve had enormous amount of spending, we just have too much war,” Paul said on "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

“We’d have a lot more money and I could give a raise to every soldier out there if we’d just come home from Afghanistan. It’s time to come home. There is no military victory there,” Paul said.

In an op-ed published the day before, Paul said he would support President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE’s idea to hold a military parade if it meant declaring victory in Afghanistan and having the event to celebrate troops returning home. 

Paul is delaying a Senate vote on a two-year funding bill that must pass before midnight Thursday to prevent a government shutdown. Paul has been critical of the deal, which would increase budget caps by roughly $300 billion. 

He has long lamented the cost of the war in Afghanistan, which the Pentagon said Wednesday will cost $45 billion in 2018 alone.