‘The terrorists think they beat us’: Lindsey Graham says every extremist camp ‘uses steroids’ and Biden has ‘endangered the world’ by pulling troops out of Afghanistan
- Senator Lindsey Graham took the first battle at President Joe Biden’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan
- Graham told reporters that the ‘world is in danger’ thanks to Biden’s move
- “Every terrorist camp in the world today uses steroids because they beat us in their world,” the South Carolina Republican warned.
- Graham accused Biden of choosing the ‘highest risk available option’ by pulling the remaining 2,500 troops out of the country
Senator Lindsey Graham took the first blow at President Joe Biden’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan and hosted a press conference on Wednesday following the president’s comments.
Graham told reporters that the ‘world is in danger’ thanks to Biden’s move.
“Every terrorist camp in the world today uses steroids because they beat us in their world,” the South Carolina Republican warned. “In their world they drove us out.”
Graham accused Biden of choosing the “ highest risk available option ” by withdrawing the remaining 2,500 troops from the country, beginning on May 1 and ending before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which prompted the war.
He started the press conference by telling reporters how he missed his fellow Senate Shawk, the late Senator John McCain, who agreed with Graham on foreign policy decisions, but not ex-President Donald Trump.
‘I miss John McCain very much, but probably not more than today, because if John were with us I would speak second, and he would tell you a story about how unwise this decision is to withdraw all our troops from Afghanistan. Graham said.
Senator Lindsey Graham dismissed President Joe Biden’s plan to remove the remaining US troops from Afghanistan and made comments at a press conference scheduled Wednesday following Biden’s announcement speech.
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that US forces would leave Afghanistan on May 1, the date President Donald Trump originally agreed to, and leave the country completely by the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Graham condemned Biden for canceling the country’s ‘insurance policy’, arguing that groups like Al Qaeda will not be able to regain strength if American boots remain on the ground.
“We get the idea that the war is now over and Joe Biden has ended the longest war in American history,” said Graham. “With all due respect to President Biden, you didn’t end the war, you renewed it.”
The Republican pointed the finger at Biden during his vice-presidential years for supporting a full US withdrawal from Iraq, which resulted in the formation of ISIS.
“You’re going to do to us what you did in Iraq, put us in a world of pain,” Graham said.
It was President Donald Trump who signed an agreement with the Taliban to have US troops out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021.
Biden acknowledged that this would not happen – by saying on Wednesday that May 1 would be the start date of the recording.
Graham reminded reporters that he was against this idea when Trump was also in charge.
“I felt it was an incubation for me to stand up to Trupm decisions that I thought would make us less safe,” he said.
Despite these policy differences, Graham and Trump remained close allies during the ex-president’s final months, when several Senate Republicans parted ways with him.
Trump and the late Senator John McCain were a different story, clashing during the 2016 campaign and until McCain’s death in August 2018.
In August 2017, McCain rolled out his own plan on how Trump should deal with Afghanistan, criticizing the White House for not having one yet.
That plan called for additional American support.
McCain wanted Trump to add more troops for counterterrorism missions, provide more air support to the Afghans, and give the military more authority to target enemy forces, including the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS. CNN said