Graham says Bolton briefed him on Iran, tells Trump to 'stand firm'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales GOP senator declines to directly address rape allegations against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday that national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonWho is new White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham? Bolton presses Iran to withdraw forces from Syria, areas of conflict Bolton: Sanctions, other pressure will bring Iran to bargaining table MORE had briefed him on escalating tensions with Iran, and urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE to "stand firm." 
 
"Just received a briefing from National Security Advisor Bolton about escalating tensions with Iran. It is clear that over the last several weeks Iran has attacked pipelines and ships of other nations and created threat streams against American interests in Iraq," Graham said in a pair of tweets. 
 
He added that "if the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response. Stand firm Mr. President." 
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Graham's tweets come after he publicly warned last week that the administration was leaving lawmakers, including himself, in the dark about threats from Iran and the State Department's decision to pull most U.S. personnel out of Iraq. 
 
“No, I feel we haven’t been well informed," Graham said last week. "I don’t think it’s fair for us to walk around wondering.” 
 
 
Top administration officials are expected to head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for back-to-back briefings with the House and Senate to update lawmakers on the tensions with Iran. Lawmakers have complained about inconsistent briefings over the past week and argued that they need to be in the loop about the administration's strategy. 
 
The New York Times reported last week that the Pentagon has presented a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks U.S. forces. Trump dismissed the report but later added, "Would I do that? Absolutely."

Trump is also ramping up his public rhetoric against Iran, saying in a tweet on Sunday that "if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!"