Sen. Graham Uses Language We Won't Print

And more around the Sunday dial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2018 2:45 PM CST
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Dana Bash's eyes widened in shock, and it's little wonder. Interviewing Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's State of the Union, the host asked whether President Trump would be at fault if the Syria troop pullout ended up empowering ISIS. "Everything we're dealing with today falls on Obama's watch," says Graham, R-SC, per AOL. "He's the one who withdrew from Iraq." Bash asks, "But he did it because there was a Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq, right?" At which point Graham lets it fly: "Listen. No, that's a bunch of bulls***. Pardon my French. That's a complete lie. That's a complete, absolute lie." Cue the eye-widening: "That didn't happen?" asks Bash. Mediate reminds us that the Status of Forces Agreement, established by former President George W. Bush, committed to a full pullout of US forces in Iraq by 2011. For more Sunday talk:

  • More Graham: "I'm going to talk to him at lunch," he says of persuading Trump to reconsider the Syria pullout, per the Hill. "...We're fighting a war against ISIS. They're still not defeated in Syria."

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