Graham planning to ask Trump to reconsider Syrian withdrawal over lunch

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he plans to ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE to reconsider his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria when the two meet for lunch later in the day.

"I'm going to talk to him at lunch," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked how he planned to convince Trump to rethink his decision.


"The president is reconsidering how we do this," he added. "He's frustrated. I get it. People should pay more. They should fight more. But we're not the policemen of the world here. We're fighting a war against ISIS [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria]. They're still not defeated in Syria."

Graham has fiercely criticized Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria, saying earlier this month that it would be an "Obama-like mistake."

Graham said Sunday that the Kurds would get "slaughtered" if U.S. forces leave, adding that Trump's decision is being made against "sound military advice."

"I'm going to ask him to sit down with his generals and reconsider how to do this," Graham added. "Slow this down. Make sure that we get it right. Make sure ISIS never comes back. Don't turn Syria over to the Iranians. That's a nightmare for Israel."

Trump last week defended his decision to remove troops from Syria, saying during a visit to Iraq that he believes "a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking."

"It's not fair ... when the burden is all on us, the United States," he said at the time.