Graham Doubles Down: Yes, Obama’s Policies Are ‘Getting People Killed’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday stood by his claim that President Obama’s foreign policies “are getting a lot of people killed.”

Graham made the comments after the Paris attack on Fox News. He said that Obama’s effort to fill “campaign promises” like closing the Guantanamo Bay prison and ending the war in Iraq were “coming home to haunt us.”

On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” Host Chuck Todd asked Graham if he meant to use that language.

“Is that proper rhetoric? You think the President of the United States is getting people killed?” he asked.

“I think his policies are getting people killed,” Graham responded. “Almost 300,000 people have been killed in Syria on his watch.”

The senator said that the Obama administration needs to better address the conflict in Syria.

“Hell on earth is about to descend in Syria, and it matters to us,” Graham said. “The safe havens in Jordan and Syria and Iraq by ISIL and other terrorist groups are a direct threat to the United States. Letting people out of Gitmo in this environment, I think is irresponsible. So, yes, his campaign promises should be adjusted based on reality.”

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