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 GrahamBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE (S.C.) on Thursday hit back at his Republican colleague Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack 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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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.