Graham compares Trump's Iran remarks to Reagan's 'tear down this wall' address

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Trump signs legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' MORE (R-S.C.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE’s speech on Iran will be a highlight of his presidency, comparing it to former President Reagan's 1987 speech in Berlin urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

The Wednesday night remarks on Fox News by Graham, who frequently offers public praise of Trump, were ridiculed as hyperbolic by critics.

“This speech will be talked about long after his second term,” Graham said. “This is on par with Reagan's ‘tear down this wall’ speech.” 

Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, said Graham is “smoking stuff none of us should get our hands on because it clearly does some stuff to the brain.”


“This speech will not be remembered much beyond this weekend, let alone beyond a second term,” Steele said. “This speech was stilted, it was not, in my estimation, delivered with the kind of conviction that’s backed up by a plan.”

Trump addressed the nation Wednesday morning on Iran following missile attacks on two Iraqi military bases that were housing U.S. troops. The attacks did not cause any casualties and were interpreted by many as an effort for Iran to save face but not escalate a confrontation with the United States following the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed last week in a U.S. airstrike.

Trump said Iran appeared to be standing down and that the U.S. did not want war; the president also announced new sanctions. 

Steele said the speech was “words on paper” and did little but put a “halo” over Trump’s head. 


“Lindsey, what is the president's plan here?” he said. “Because that speech didn’t tell us anything.”

Graham hailed Trumps speech, saying the president asserted that he will “no longer tolerate” the “evil in power in Iran that’s bent on destroying the world, killing the people in Israel and coming after us.” 

Reagan's speech at the Berlin Wall is one of the most famous addresses of the 20th century.  

He called for Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, something the citizens of Berlin ended up doing just two years later as the Communist bloc fell apart in Eastern Europe.