While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded an immediate briefing on the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that he was informed about the operation beforehand earlier this week while visiting President Donald Trump in Florida.
“I was briefed about the potential operation when I was down in Florida,” Graham, who was spotted Monday playing golf with the president in West Palm Beach, told “Fox and Friends” Friday morning.
“I appreciate being brought into the orbit. I really appreciate President Trump letting the world know you cannot kill an American without impunity,” Graham said. “We’ll stand up for our people. And that is an absolutely essential message.”
Pelosi is a member of the so-called “Gang of Eight” top congressional leaders protocol and the law require be informed of classified intelligence and national security matters, but she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were not notified beforehand. An aide to Pelosi told ABC News Defense Secretary Mark Esper did call her afterward Thursday night.