in the vicinity ofthe video, trump says he believes that Iran may have accidentally shot and killed a US drone
President Trump says that he finds it hard to, that the Downing of a U.S. drone was intended by Iran and that it might have been a mistake by someone in command.
President Trump warned on Thursday that America is “standing” for Iran shooting down a US drone over the Strait of Hormuz, while at the same time leaving the possibility open that the attack was unintentional.
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“You made a very big mistake,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, next to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I find it hard to believe that it was intentional, and someone could have been that was loose and stupid,” he added.
The remarks left unclear, the likelihood that a U.S. response. Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were planned, at a White house briefing on Iran at 3 p.m. ET, sources told Fox News.
The Downing of the drone on the ground-to-air missile, was the latest Iranian provocation in the region, coming on the heels of a controversial attack on a couple of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week-which the U.S. blamed on Iran.
Iran claims that the U.S. drone on Thursday it was over Iranian airspace when it was shot down, but American officials stated clearly that the incident occurred in international air space.
“Iranian reports that the plane was about Iran are wrong,” Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement. “This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset in the international air space.”
Trump was vague, what would be the U.S. response, telling reporters “you will find out,” what would the US do next. He also confirmed the drone was over international waters unmanned. He said it would be a “big difference”, if there is a manned drone.
“This country will not stand for you, this is what I can tell you,” he said.
Trudeau said that Canada was “very concerned about the escalation of Iran” and promised to work with international allies in resolving the crisis.
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The Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk drone deployed to the Middle East in recent days as part of the reinforcements approved by President Trump last month.
The altitude drone can fly time of up to 60,000 feet or 11 kilometers in altitude and loiter for 30 hours to a. It is used to spy on the Iranian military communication and title delivery in the busy waterways. Each drone costs up to $180 million.
A commander for the Iranian revolutionary guard claimed that the drone was shot down to send over Iranian air space, a “clear message” to the United States, and marked the first direct Iran-claimed attack of the crisis.
“We have no intention of a war with any country, but we are fully ready for the war,” revolutionary guard commander Gen. Hossein Salami said in a televised address.
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But on Thursday, Trump international threat in front of him claiming that Iran is less than he took office.
“When I came here, was screaming Iran in 14-18 different sides of the conflicting, extreme hostile…: “death to America” and I think that Iran made a mistake,” he said.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, and Chad Pergram, Edmund DeMarche and Travis contributed Fedschun to this report.