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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts GOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday that national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonSchumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord Why President Trump must keep speaking out on Hong Kong Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE had briefed him on escalating tensions with Iran, and urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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!"