Sen. Graham: Trump Needs to Reconsider 'Risk-Averse' Position on Assad, Syria
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said President Trump missed an opportunity to "get it right" in Syria.
The United States, Britain and France on Friday launched airstrikes on Syrian military and chemical weapons facilities, which came days after a suspected chemical attack on civilians by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Although the U.S.-led operation included 100 advanced missiles launched at three targets, Graham pointed out that Trump reportedly selected one of the more restrained proposals designed by the Pentagon.
He said the president has done a good job on foreign policy thus far -- from North Korea to Iran to Russia -- but his position on Assad and Syria "puts all that in jeopardy."
"If you're Assad, you heard our president saying, 'I'm going to make you pay a big price, you're an animal.' And what did Assad see? A military strike that didn't change his life at all. So Assad wakes up the next day and goes back to work," Graham explained.
He added that Russia and Iran see that the Pentagon is "risk-averse," which will only further embolden them.
Graham said it appears that Trump is still poised to pull the U.S. entirely out of Syria, which he said would be an "absolute disaster" for the region.
"Unless something changes, we don’t care if you kill people, we only care how you kill them, which is a long way from where Ronald Reagan was," Graham said. "Ronald Reagan believed in shaping history, not just washing your hands of it."