Graham on Iran Conflict

Continues to support the president

Evan Smith
June 21, 2019 - 2:52 pm

Heightened tensions after the United States calls off an attack on Iran just ten minutes before it was to take place.

President Trump said the United States was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone, but canceled the strike at the last minute after Trump was informed that some 150 people could die.

Still, the president’s allies in Washington, including South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, say Trump’s withdrawal of the attack does not change their support for his more assertive stance against Iran.

“You were right to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Graham said in an address to the president. “You were right to put sanctions on this state sponsor of terrorism. They’re the most murderous regime on the planet, and that’s saying a lot.”

Democrats, however, expressed increasing concern over Trump’s war powers, with Senators Tim Kaine and Tom Udall taking to the Senate floor Thursday to urge a vote blocking funds for any military action against Iran without explicit authorization from Congress.

“The American people are tired of forever wars in the Middle East that take our resources, produce no strategic gains, and most tragically endanger lives,” Udall said.

President Trump said in a tweet that the only reason he called off the strike was that the number of possible causalities was not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.

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