Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., who has loudly criticized President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, said on Sunday that he was "increasingly optimistic that we could find some historical solutions there."
Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Saturday night in "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo that he had talked with Trump about the Syrian targets and had been encouraged by the discussion about the fight against terrorists in the Islamic state ,
"I am increasingly optimistic that we can find some historical solutions in Syria that have escaped us for years if we play our cards correctly," Graham told Bartiromo on Sunday, outlining the goals:
"To make sure that we have a demilitarized zone between Turkey and the Kurds, "Graham said. "The Kurds were the allies who helped us defeat ISIS. They lost 1
" Protect our NATO ally Turkey from elements of the Kurds that they consider to be terrorists. A demilitarized zone occupied by international forces, not Americans, but we provide air power, "he continued.
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The agreement provides for a ceasefire of 120 hours. During this time, the Kurdish-led troops could withdraw from the approximately 32-kilometer-wide security zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. All Turkish military operations as part of the recent offensive, known as "Operation Peace Spring", are scheduled to be paused during this period, and the operation itself will come to an end following the conclusion of the Kurdish withdrawal under the terms of the agreement.
Trump ordered Most of the approximately 1,000 US troops in Syria, who were reportedly retreating, made it clear to Erdoğan in a phone call that his troops would invade Syria to force Kurdish troops back, which Turkey calls terrorists considered.
Between 200 and 300 US troops are said to remain in the South Syrian outpost of Al-Tanf.
Last week, Trump sent a letter to Erdoğan in which he told him to "do a good business" and threatened to "destroy" the Turkish economy if he continued his aggression against the Kurds.
"The President appreciates what the Kurds have done," Graham said to Bartiromo on Sunday. "He wants to make sure that ISIS does not come back. I assume that we will continue to work with the Kurds in eastern Syria to ensure that IS does not reappear. This is in our national security interest and we owe it to the Kurds.
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Graham also said Trump had "thought outside the box" to secure oil. To prevent the oil fields in Iranian hands, we believe we are on the brink of a joint venture between us and the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has helped destroy ISIS and destroyed them in order to modernize the oil fields and ensure that they do not generate revenues the Iranians, not Assad, and it can help pay for our little commitment in the future, "Graham said. "And the protection of Israel is the ultimate goal. All this we can do with a very small force. I am increasingly optimistic. This can work very well.
Bartiromo pointed out that earlier this month Graham was resolutely opposed to the President's attempt to withdraw troops from Syria.
"I still believe that if we leave the Kurds, nobody will help you in the future," Graham replied. "They've lost 10,000 fighters to destroy the caliphate, but there are 15 or 20,000 ISIS fighters traveling in Syria and Iraq, and a small contingent of Americans providing air power and air capabilities will keep the IS at bay and keep the prisons under wraps and the IS fighters will not break out. "
He continued," What I've heard from the president was … "Play the ball as you lie" [which] is one Concept in the Gulf After Erdoğan's invasion a lot has happened in Syria, but I now see a way forward which, frankly, is historic. "
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Graham went on to say, "Historical security for Turkey, historical security for the Kurds, a plan to keep the IS forever in check, and the ability to keep the oil fields in the hands of our allies and not the enemy." would be a verdam Good result. "I think that's possible now. "
Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network contributed to this report.