Syria conflict: Trump ‘slowing troop withdrawal’, says Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham suggested the withdrawal had been slowed and he was now reassured of the president’s commitment after meeting him on Sunday.

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“I think we’re in a pause situation where we are re-evaluating what’s the best way to achieve the president’s objective of having people pay more and do more,” Mr. Graham said.

US troops have helped rid much of Syria’s north-east of the jihadist group, but pockets of fighters remain.

The President will make sure any withdrawal from Syria will be done in a fashion to ensure:1) ISIS is permanently destroyed.2) Iran doesn’t fill in the back end, and 3) our Kurdish allies are protected.

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Graham says ‘I feel pretty good’ about Syria after lunch with Trump

Sen. Graham and the president discussed the importance of a deal with Democrats to end the shutdown and the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria; Ellison Barber reports.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Sunday that “I feel pretty good about where we’re headed” in Syria after suggesting that President Trump is “reconsidering” the planned pullout which had drawn bipartisan criticism and forced the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Graham emerged from the White House after a two-hour lunch with Trump and said the president “told me some things I didn’t know that make me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria.”

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Lindsey Graham floats trading DACA, TPS protections for $5 billion in wall funding to end shutdown

“I don’t see Democrats giving us more money, unless they get something,” Graham told reporters outside the White House Sunday afternoon after a two-hour lunch with the president.

Graham said he proposed the idea to Mr. Trump, who he said called it “interesting.” He said the deal would entail the White House supporting the Bridge Act, a bill Graham co-sponsored to grant DACA recipients three-year work permits, as well as legislation to extend the legal status of TPS holders. In exchange, Democrats would need to support a spending measure that includes $5 billion in funding for border security.’

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Lindsey Graham: The President is not a man under siege

Lindsey Graham floats renewable legal status in exchange for border wall funding

Democrats and the White House must drop the ‘blame game’ and restart talks to reopen the government fully, weary lawmakers said Sunday as Capitol Hill lurched toward the new year without any sign that they will break the impasse over President Trump‘s border wall.

Senior Republicans said an extension of legal status for ‘Dreamers’ brought to the U.S. illegally as children could be the sweetener Democrats need to approve the $5 billion Mr. Trump wants for the wall and end the federal shutdown, which has entered its second week.

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President Trump to slow down troop pullout from Syria, Sen. Lindsey Graham says

WASHINGTON ‘ President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.

“I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way,” Graham said, adding that Trump was very aware of the plight of the Kurds.

Critics had contended that the U.S. withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russia, which have supported the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

National security adviser John Bolton was expected to travel to Israel and Turkey next weekend to discuss the president’s plans with the American allies.

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