Trump Feuds With Lindsey Graham Over ‘Weak’ Iran Policy

Trump Feuds With Lindsey Graham Over ‘Weak’ Iran Policy , Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s , so-called maximum pressure campaign on Iran isn’t achieving its purpose.

“Clearly what we’re doing isn’t working,” Graham said, adding that the goal of the administration’s Iran policy should be to deter Tehran from escalating tensions in the region. With each new month it seems as though the administration finds a new Iranian company or sector to punish financially.

That strategy has been put to the test in recent months. Earlier this summer the Trump administration accused Tehran of sabotaging tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Since then ,

Graham seems to be filling the Bolton void, calling on the president to take “decisive action” against Tehran. The divergence between Trump and Graham is notable given that the Trump administration recently enlisted the senator

To engage with outside parties about what a new Iranian nuclear deal may look like. In a previous interview with The Daily Beast, the senator said he spoke with the Trump team about the idea of asking the Iranian regime to agree to a

So-called 123 Agreement—a key, The U.S. has entered into those agreements with more than 40 countries. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has also been involved in conversations with the Trump administration on Iran strategy.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has also been involved in conversations with the Trump administration on Iran strategy. Following Trump’s tweet Tuesday night, Paul’s chief strategist tweeted at Trump, saying of Graham, “DRAG HIM.”

Graham told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that he had not spoken with Trump about the attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure but said the Israelis were “increasingly concerned” about the situation.

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