Graham on Syria: Trump appears 'hell-bent' on repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE appears "hell-bent" on repeating former President Obama's mistakes in Iraq after Trump said Graham should focus on investigating the 2016 election rather than the Middle East. 

"President Trump is being told EXACTLY what President Obama was told before he withdrew from Iraq. He appears to be hell-bent on making the same mistakes in Syria as President Obama made in Iraq," Graham tweeted.

"The worst thing any Commander in Chief can do is to give land back to the enemy that was taken through blood and sacrifice. I fear those are the consequences of the actions being taken right now," he added. 

Trump on Wednesday said Graham shouldn't focus on the Middle East and said the senator would like troops to remain there "for the next thousand years." 


"Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers and fighting other people's wars. I want to get out of the Middle East," Trump said at a press conference. 

He added that Graham should focus on his role as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and look into allegations of corruption during the 2016 election involving Obama administration officials. The president said Graham should look into former President Obama, former CIA Director James Brennan and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySpies are trying to influence the election — US spies, that is GOP former US attorneys back Biden, say Trump 'threat to rule of law' Biden's polling lead over Trump looks more comfortable than Clinton's MORE, but did not give evidence that they acted corruptly. 

"That’s what Lindsey ought to focus on," Trump said. "That's what the people of South Carolina want him to focus on."

"The people of South Carolina don't want us to get into a war with Turkey, a NATO member, over Syria," he said. "Let them fight their own wars."

Graham has been a staunch ally of the president, but has expressed strong disapproval of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.   

He has previously said he thinks the decision, which was followed by a Turkish military offensive in Syria, put both U.S. security and Trump's presidency at risk. 

"When it comes to America's national security I will NEVER be quiet," Graham also said in tweets on Wednesday. 

"Mr. President, forget about what I’m saying about Syria. Listen to your own national security team who are telling you the consequences of your decision and the impact it will have on our nation," he added. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.  

The White House announced last week that Turkey would begin an operation in northern Syria and that U.S. troops wouldn't be "in the immediate area."