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‘We strongly responded, and always will’

President Trump warned Iran a few hours later that the U.S. will hold the country responsible for the attack.

“We strongly responded, and always will,” the president tweeted. “Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible.”

Sen. Graham praised President Trump’s comments, saying they put the “world on notice,” signaling that “there will be no Benghazis on his watch,” a reference to the terror attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. That attack resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.

Graham tweeted a stern warning to Iran, writing, “Be careful what you wish for — a country that depends on the ability to refine oil for its existence needs to be cautious. President Trump, unlike President Obama, will hold you accountable for threats against Americans and hit you where it hurts the most. Choose your battles wisely.”

The South Carolina Republican added, in a message to Iraq: “This is your moment to convince the American people the US-Iraq relationship is meaningful to you and worth protecting. Protect our American personnel. You will not regret it.”

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