Sorry guys, it looks like you won’t be popping any corks just yet. Lindsey Graham isn’t joining your dump-on-Trump party any time soon.
When Trump first made the announcement about pulling back in Syria, it was clear that Lindsey Graham was royally PO’d. He had very strong opinions on just how dangerously misguided it might be.
As strong as those opinions were, the President has managed to win Graham over to supporting those strategies he had so recently opposed.
In an interview with Fox News, Graham said a conversation he had with Trump over the weekend had fueled his optimism that a solution could be reached where the security of Turkey and the Kurds was guaranteed and fighters from Islamic State contained.
“I am increasingly optimistic that we can have some historic solutions in Syria that have eluded us for years if we play our cards right,” Graham said on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Graham said Trump was prepared to use U.S. air power over a demilitarized zone occupied by international forces, adding that the use of air power could help ensure Islamic State fighters who had been held in the area did not “break out.”
Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Saturday that Trump understood the need for the United States to maintain air power in the region.
“The U.S. must retain air power to keep the pressure on ISIS, prevent our adversaries Russia and Iran from exploiting this situation and protect our partners on the ground,” he said in a statement. ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State.
Graham also said he believed the United States and Kurdish forces long allied with Washington could establish a venture to modernize Syrian oil fields, with the revenue flowing to the Kurds. “President Trump is thinking outside the box,” Graham said of Trump’s thinking on oil.
For Impeachment Democrats, this comes as bad news. They were actively exploiting ANY difference of opinion between Trump and his party and framing everything as ‘one more reason’ that the Dems’ impeachment Schiff-show was somehow in the best interests of the nation.’
And with Lindsey Graham on board with Trump’s Syria policy, there is a LOT less daylight between Trump and his party.
Except for Mittens Romney, but then he’s just another Flake, isn’t he?