President Trump on Tuesday night fired back at close ally Sen. Lindsey Graham after the South Carolina Republican criticized the president's past approach to Iran, arguing Tehran viewed it as a "sign of weakness."
"No Lindsey, it was a sign of strength that some people just don’t understand!" Trump tweeted after Graham earlier in the day called on the president to take more decisive action against Iran.
No Lindsey, it was a sign of strength that some people just don’t understand! https://t.co/EU8AvfH7j9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
President Trump has also reportedly instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to increase the sanctions on Iran.
Trump administration officials have blamed Iran for the attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.
Graham issued a statement Tuesday afternoon following a briefing from Vice President Pence on the attack, calling for decisive action and claiming Trump's response to Tehran's downing of a U.S. surveillance drone in June had been insufficient.