Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Iran after missiles hit multiple Iraqi military bases that were hosting U.S. troops, saying hed just spoken with President Donald Trump.
“Let me say tonight if you are watching television in Iran. I just got off the phone with the president. Your fate is in your own hands in terms of the regimes economic viability,” Graham said during a late Tuesday appearance on Fox Newss “Hannity.”
“You continue this [expletive], youre going to wake up one day out of the oil business,” he said.
Iran fired the missiles five days after a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, spurring vows of revenge from leaders in the country.
“This was an act of war. By any reasonable definition. The missiles were launched from Iran. The president has all the authority he needs under Article II to respond,” Graham said.
“It was an act of war by the regime that for the last 40 years has been a cancer in the Mideast. When they say they want to destroy Israel, they are not kidding. Theyre the largest state sponsor of terrorism.”
Graham, who also sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump would take appropriate action when hes ready.
“The president has to do a couple things tonight. What can I do to restore deterrence to make sure this doesnt happen again? He doesnt want regime change,” Graham said.
“He wants the behavior of the regime to change in three areas: Their ballistic missile program needs to change, they need to stop being the largest state sponsor of terrorism, and we need a nuclear deal that does not ensure them a pathway to a bomb like [President Barack] Obama.”
“Trump is not going to be conned by the Iranians,” he said.
He later added: “Heres what the president, I think, understands about the Iranians. Theyre not going to change until you make them change. Heres what hes going to be thinking about tonight: what do I need to do tomorrow or the next day to get them back into a deterrent mode so theyll leave us alone, and how do I get them to change their missile program to get a better deal on their nuclear program so they wont have a pathway to a bomb, and what can I do to stop them from being the largest state sponsor of terrorism. The price to be paid by the Iranians has to go up.”
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