Graham knocks Macron's 'cavalier' comments about European ISIS fighters

Graham knocks Macron's 'cavalier' comments about European ISIS fighters
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Roberts sworn in to preside over Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.) knocked French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron5 reasons why US-Europe tensions will grow in the 2020s — and how to stop it Judd Gregg: The Iranian lessons The Hill's Morning Report - Worries about war in world capitals, Congress MORE for “cavalier” comments about ISIS fighters who traveled from Europe to join the terrorist group. 

“Very disturbed by the cavalier remarks made by President Macron about how the number of European ISIS fighters in Syria is a small problem in the grand scheme of things,” Graham, a well-known foreign policy hawk, tweeted.

“There are hundreds of European ISIS fighters currently imprisoned in Syria. They are committed jihadists and killing machines. We must never forget what a handful of ISIS fighters did in the Paris and Nice attacks, and attacks in other European nations,” he added, referencing terrorist attacks by ISIS in France that killed more than 200 people combined. 

The remarks come after a tense meeting on Tuesday in London between Macron and President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE in which Trump complained that European countries have been unwilling to accept ISIS fighters the U.S. had captured.


“Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you,” Trump said. “You can take every one you want.”

“Let’s be serious,” Macron replied, noting that most ISIS fighters came from Syria, Iraq and Iran and that the number of European ISIS fighters was a “tiny” part of the overall problem of addressing turmoil in the Middle East. 

Graham also said on Wednesday he agreed with Trump’s concerns about European nations’ willingness to accept ISIS fighters, saying that NATO allies should craft a detention system outside of the traditional judicial process.

“It is time for NATO to look at a detention system to deal with enemy combatants rather than using the traditional criminal justice system (which is ill-equipped to fight a war.),” he said.