Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) said on Sunday that President Donald Trump "re-evaluated" his controversial plan to withdraw all US troops in Syria.
The likely upcoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told reporters outside the White House he felt "much better after his lunch with President Sunday, where we are in Syria."
"I think the President's trip to Iraq was eye-opening," Graham said Sunday on Trump's visit with troops on Wednesday. "The commanders there told him that ISIS was in a world of injuries ̵
"I think operations for the complete destruction and decimation of ISIS are continuing and accelerating," he added.
Graham was an outspoken critic of Trump's abrupt decision earlier this month to immediately pull all American troops out of war-torn Syria, repeatedly denying the President's claim that the self-styled Islamic State was defeated in the region.  "The President has assured me that he will do the work," Graham said Sunday, "I share his goal of withdrawing our troops from Syria – I just want it smart Way to make sure that Iran is not the big winner. It will take a little longer than everyone thought, but hopefully we can get there. "
He continued," I think we are in a pause, in which we re-evaluate how the best way to reach is the president's goal that people pay more and do more. … We'll see what happens here in the next few weeks, but I feel better in Syria than before lunch.
Graham said he hopes Trump will reconsider his plan.
"I ask the President to make sure we have troops there to protect us," Graham said of CNN's "State of the Union." "If we go now, the Kurds will conflict with Turkey and they could be slaughtered … This is being done by President Trump against a reasonable military council."