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Lindsey Graham to enemies of U.S.: If you ‘don’t worry about what Trump may do on any given day, then you’re crazy’

April 9, 2017 GMT

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday praised President Donald Trump’s actions in Syria but reiterated his stance that troops on the ground will be needed to stop Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State.

He also “raised eyebrows” on the Meet The Press set when called out Assad for flying bombing runs from the same air base the U.S. attacked hours earlier.

“Here’s what I think Assad is telling Trump by flying from this base: F-U,” Graham said. ”And I think he’s making a serious mistake because if you are an adversary of the United States and you don’t worry about what Trump may do on any given day, then you’re crazy.”

“You used the initials, but I think that’s a first for Meet The Press,” a stunned Chuck Todd said immediately after.

Graham said while he believes troops will be needed to ultimately solve the Syrian problem and that sanctions should be pursued against Russia, he said Trump’s course of action has been encouraging. But he also pressed the administration for more details on its long-term strategy.

“What comes next? I’m glad Trump did this. He is no longer Obama in the eyes of our enemies but he needs to do more to close the deal,” Graham said.