Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's now 'encouraged' by President Trump

You can almost always count on Sen. Lindsey Graham to be a critic of President Trump when it comes to national security issues, but this time he's standing by the president.

"I've never been more encouraged by the Trump administration than I am today," said Graham.

While speaking with NBC's meet the press, the senator also used a WW2 analogy when asked what America's priority in Syria should be. "I think ISIS should be Germany and Assad should be Japan, like World War II analogies here."

Click through other reactions to Trump's military action in Syria:

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Criticism, praise emerges after Trump' Syria missile strike
While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked.
The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.
Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different.
In statement, @TulsiGabbard condemns Trump's military action in #Syria, says he 'acted recklessly.' #HINews https://t.co/ciJjOaRYQe
Pelosi calls U.S. Airstrikes in Syria a "proportional response" https://t.co/D6tUuVKPwE
Senator Rubio releases statement after U.S. conducted air strikes against Assad regime in Syria… https://t.co/KhhOQUoE2Q
Trump sent US ground troops to Syria last month purportedly to fight ISIS. Now our troops are at risk of being attacked by #Assad forces.
Watched @POTUS remarks. Congress authorized @POTUS to use force on terrorists. We NEVER authorized force to enforce chemical weapons treaty.
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His comments come after Trump ordered missile strikes on the Syrian airfield that's believed to be the launching point for a chemical attack that killed at least 80 civilians.

Moments before Graham's interview, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the administration believes that if the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in power - there won't be peace or stability in Syria.

Further saying that while defeating ISIS is still the first priority, there can be quote "multiple priorities."

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