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 GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus MORE (S.C.) on Thursday hit back at his Republican colleague Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCoronavirus in Congress: Lawmakers who have tested positive Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus South Carolina congressman tests positive for coronavirus 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 TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life 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.