Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump's false claim that Russia and Iran are "unhappy" about Trump's decision to pull American troops out of Syria.
"Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says," Trump tweeted Thursday morning, "because now they will have to fight ISIS and others, who they hate, without us. I am building by far the most powerful military in the world. ISIS hits us they are doomed!"
....Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says, becaus… https://t.co/qWDeV0Z4yA— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1545308198.0
Graham, normally an ally of the president, swiftly corrected Trump's baseless claim.
"It is not FAKE NEWS that Russia, Iran, and Assad are unhappy about our decision to withdraw from Syria," Graham wrote. "They are ECSTATIC!"
It is not FAKE NEWS that Russia, Iran, and Assad are unhappy about our decision to withdraw from Syria. They are E… https://t.co/05dEqyd4KN— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1545316083.0
In a second tweet, Graham warned against Trump's orders, which "outsource the fight to Russia, Iran, and [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad," who "do not have America's best interests at heart."
When it comes to fighting ISIS I do not believe it is wise to outsource the fight to Rusia, Iran, and Assad. The… https://t.co/K14NMCRD6p— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1545316391.0
Trump's tweet is the definition of fake news.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded Trump's proposed troop withdrawal at his annual year-end news conference.
“On this, Donald is right. I agree with him," Putin said. “If the United States decided to withdraw its force, then this would be right."
Many people fired back at Graham for not having done more to manage Trump's recklessness.
@LindseyGrahamSC @MirandaLHam I hate it when I have to agree with Lindsey Graham. Look what Trump has done to me...— Jason (@Jason)1545324966.0
@LindseyGrahamSC The GOP is the party of money over humanity. They are complicit. The Dems is the party of human… https://t.co/kwHfTehnxf— Marie Woods (@Marie Woods)1545318833.0
@LindseyGrahamSC See, @LindseyGrahamSC, that's the problem. Some days you're on your meds and others, well, you're… https://t.co/ACVCcH16ry— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻)1545321412.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @jdawsey1 What do we have here?! It appears Lindsey woke up and found a pair to take with him to w… https://t.co/Gwy2CKqSlZ— Max Julien (@Max Julien)1545317361.0
@LindseyGrahamSC https://t.co/JP0WktuyEK— Brandon (@Brandon)1545317720.0
@LindseyGrahamSC @jdawsey1 This? This was your line in the sand? All the other awful stuff this man does and says,… https://t.co/TLrTb3oDmz— Almost Turkey Time Dan (@Almost Turkey Time Dan)1545317112.0
People also went after Trump directly.
@realDonaldTrump Then why did your Daddy Dom Putin call you Donald and say you did a good job, like the submissive… https://t.co/HLKu1htf5k— 🌊 TJ 🛡 (@🌊 TJ 🛡)1545325923.0
@realDonaldTrump Vlad is glad.— SoEyeSay (@SoEyeSay)1545324029.0
@realDonaldTrump Yeah, Russia’s not happy, Fake News... https://t.co/LdbkUfvECr— Lionel Hutz, Esq. (@Lionel Hutz, Esq.)1545325950.0
Putin referring to Trump by his first name - something Trump hates and is a sign of dominance - shows who is really running the show.
@Acosta He even called him by first name, a clear sign of disrespect and dominance.— 🌊 TJ 🛡 (@🌊 TJ 🛡)1545314192.0
@Acosta "When I want Donald's opinion, I give it to him." - Vladimir Putin on @realDonaldTrump— On The Case Man (@On The Case Man)1545312099.0
@Acosta Donald did as Donald was told. This all makes me sick.— Chris Chambers (@Chris Chambers)1545312400.0
@Acosta @bynsny And the Russian collusion narrative comes back into focus— MAXM (@MAXM)1545312547.0
@russwm @Acosta He knows Trump hates being called “Donald”. It’s an open affront and he knows @realDonaldTrump will remain silent.— Uvell Curtis (@Uvell Curtis)1545313349.0
@Acosta This makes a lot of sense...Donald is Putin’s puppet and he will do anything his master orders him to do, a… https://t.co/DDgB0AiGNO— Robert Rodriguez (@Robert Rodriguez)1545316884.0
@MrStenmeister @Acosta The best purchase Vlad ever made.— OnTheLam (@OnTheLam)1545316755.0
Trump stunned the political world Wednesday when he announced the withdrawal of American troops from war-torn Syria on Twitter and declaring victory over ISIS.
"We have defeated ISIS in Syria," the president tweeted, "my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency."
We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1545229789.0
On Thursday, Trump defended his decision to pull out of Syria, noting that he campaigned on ending American entanglements in the Middle East (he did, but he has no actual plan to ensure the stability of Syria or the safety of our Kurdish allies).
"Getting out of Syria was no surprise," Trump tweeted. "I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer. Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there [sic] work. Time to come home & rebuild."
Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very public… https://t.co/PVZgm8dNFz— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1545306177.0
Twitter pounced on Trump's typo.
@realDonaldTrump Spell it with me: t-h-e-i-r. their*— 🦃Turkey Greg🥐 (@🦃Turkey Greg🥐)1545318088.0
@realDonaldTrump their*— Tia (@Tia)1545319053.0
@realDonaldTrump their/there/they’re— Dylan (@Dylan)1545320998.0
@realDonaldTrump The President of the United States doesn’t know the difference between *there* and *THEIR*. 🖕🏻— 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗢’𝗡𝗲𝗶𝗹𝗹 (@𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗢’𝗡𝗲𝗶𝗹𝗹)1545320665.0
We need more popcorn.