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Lindsey Graham says leaving Syria is 'the single worst decision the president could make'

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Fox

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Fox News Sunday pushed back on President Trump's interest in ending U.S. military intervention in Syria now that the Islamic State has lost nearly all its territory and power.

"It'd be the single worst decision the president could make," Graham said. "I've seen this movie before when Obama did the same thing in Iraq," the ever-hawkish senator continued. "When it comes to Syria, do not read the Obama playbook, one foot in, one foot out." Graham offered a litany of potential negative consequences for U.S. withdrawal from Syria, simultaneously claiming that ISIS will gain control of the country and that Iran and Russia will do the same.

On the subject of Russia, Graham argued the United States' "problem is that Russia is running wild. Whatever we are doing is not working, and the president, for some reason, has a hard time pushing back against Putin." He suggested modern U.S.-Russia relations feel like a Cold War redux, advising Trump to "look at the Reagan playbook and economically isolate Russia." Watch the full interview below. Bonnie Kristian

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