Situation Room briefing ends the crisis with Iran, as McConnell says ‘measured’ response

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Top government officials and lawmakers have left the White house after a more than hour-long classified briefing on Iran by the sudden Downing of an American drone surveillance in the Middle East-and “measured” U.S. reaction, they suggested, are likely to come soon.

Amid growing tensions between the US and Iran, the White house invited earlier Thursday, house and Senate leaders and Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees, the safe location of the room to meet with the President of Trump in the White house.

The other, which arrived, has been saying for the meeting, CIA Director Gina reel, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, the incumbent of the Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan and the army-Secretary Mark Esper, the Trump, he’ll appoint as Secretary of defense.

Shanahan was spotted, the bear in front of the White house, a folder with the stamp “SECRET/NOFORN,” an intelligence classification category of the prohibition of the dissemination to persons outside the government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Fox News said that “we have a good briefing had” and that the trump card of the administration to engage in ” measured responses.”

Outgoing Acting Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan carries a document labeled secret, as he arrives for a meeting with the President, Donald Trump on Iran at the White house on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

McConnell, confirmed the U.S. company, the position, the drone was operating in international air space, even as Iran has tried to make the case that the drone was “violated” Iranian airspace.

In a statement, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and senior members, Rep. Michael McCaul (House Foreign Affairs), Rep. Devin Nunes (House Intelligence), and Rep. Mac Thornberry (House Armed Services) all condemned Iran’s “direct attack” and called for “measured” retaliation.

“Iran directly attacked the United States asset over international waters,” the Republicans wrote. “This provocation comes a week after they attacked and destroyed two commercial Tanker in international waters. It is a response to these actions. President Trump and his national security team to stay, clear eyes on the situation and what needs to be done in response to the increased Iranian aggression. In Congress, we stand ready to support our men and women in uniform, our country and our allies in the region.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, a separate statement after the briefing calls for calm.


“In terms of the orientation of an unmanned U.S. drone by Iran, it is important that we remain fully engaged with our allies, recognize that we escalate it with a responsible adversary, and do everything in our power to de -.

“This is a dangerous, high-voltage situation that requires a strong, smart and strategic, not reckless, approach,” Pelosi.

Journalists, Pelosi said she was also convinced that the U.S. intelligence services was correct in his assessment that the drone was in international airspace when it was shot down. But, Pelosi added, the Trump administration would be legally required to obtain, Congress ” approval before taking military action.

“We make it very clear that you need to be warned of any military activities, we have a new authorization for use of Military force (AUMF),” Pelosi,.

Pelosi on Iran: We’ll have to be strategic and smart

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks following meeting on the Iran drone attack.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said he told the President during the briefing that there is a “robust, open discussion,” and that Congress should “have a real say.”

He said he was concerned the administration “can Hummels in a war.”

“We have supported an amendment, by each Democrat to the NDAA in the Senate, led by Senator Udall, the Congress-approval of a financing for a conflict in Iran would require,” Schumer said in a statement. “It is the support of all Democrats in the Senate. We ask the leaders McConnell to do the right thing and give us a vote next week on the NDAA, the amendment.”

Footage on social media showed also to celebrate Schumer appear, according to the briefing, but Schumer later clarified that he was glad his mother was released from the hospital.

Hours of previously released the Pentagon video shows the smoke trail of a Navy drone was shot out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz by Iran, what is described by the military as an “unprovoked attack.”

Trump told reporters that Iran is a “very big mistake”, but also said he has the feeling that it may lose the result of someone or something “stupid”.

The U.S. Navy’s RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737, was brought to the case of an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary guard Corps surface-to-air missile, which was fired from the vicinity of Goruk on Wednesday night, according to Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, Director of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

The place, fired where the US Navy’s RQ-4 was down by a surface-to-air missile, to Iran.
(Department of Defense)

“This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset that does not hurt, said the Iranian air space at any time during his mission,” Guastella. “This attack is an attempt to interfere with our ability to monitor the area after the recent threats to international shipping and the free flow of trade.”

Guastella said at the time it was noticed, a rocket, a drone-operating system was at a height of about 34 miles from the next headland, on the Iranian coast.

Some Democrats, for their part, the debt-to-asset for the episode. Democrats-presidential candidate Joe Biden said that Trump has made military conflict with Iran more likely, and that “another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need.”

“Iran directly attacked the United States asset over international waters.”

— House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, and the Ranking GOP members

Biden said trump strategy in Iran was a “self-inflicted disaster,” as the President of the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement to be negotiated, if Biden was the Vice President under Barack Obama.

The Trump administration called the reckless giveaway to a dangerous regime that encourages and enables its imperialist and terrorist ambitions. By re-posing sanctions that were lifted under the Obama-era deal, the Trump administration has effectively Iran’s economy, crippled inflation of over 30 percent, and the devastating oil revenue send.

Biden asserted there is no question that Iran “is still a bad actor that abuses human rights and supports terrorist activities.” But he added that the United States needs strong leadership in this moment.


In a video in the afternoon, the smoke released on Thursday away from the drone could be in a black and white video when the plane crashed.

The Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk drone was shot down by Iran.
(Fox News)

Guastella said that the drone landed in “international waters” about 20 miles from Iran. U.S. officials told Fox News that the authorities were racing to the wreck in front of the Iranian armed forces.

The U.S. Navy’s RQ-4A Global Hawk drone, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions “over vast ocean and coastal regions,” said the military. The drone was deployed to the Middle East in recent days as part of the reinforcements Trump approved last month.

The altitude drone can fly up to 60,000 feet or 11 kilometers in altitude and stay aloft for 30 hours at a time It is used to spy on the Iranian military communication and title delivery in the busy waterways. Each drone costs up to $180 million.

Also Thursday afternoon, democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand demanded that Trump refrain from sending American troops into a conflict with Iran without the approval of Congress.

In this October. 24, 2018, photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, the members of the 7. Reconnaissance squadron prepare to launch a RQ-4 Global Hawk at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. (Staff Sergeant Ramon A. Adelan/U.S. Air Force via AP)

In the last few weeks, the US has send accelerates an aircraft carrier in the middle East and approved of,000 additional troops “against the air, Marine and ground-based threats” in the region. Mysterious attacks targeted tankers, the Iran-allied Houthi have rebels launched bomb-Laden drones into Saudi Arabia.

The New York senator outlined her position in a sharply worded letter to the White house on Thursday.


Gillibrand wrote that she is “deeply concerned that your administration has increased military presence in the Middle East, in conjunction with your dangerous and confusing rhetoric, to lead the United States into a protracted, costly and unnecessary war with Iran. Such a war is not entitled, unnecessarily risking the lives of Americans and our allies, cause enormous human suffering, and destabilize the economy.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Hillary Vaughn, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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