President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake”, meanwhile Nancy Pelosi said the U.S. cannot be “reckless” amid rising tensions with Iran.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump was briefed Wednesday night and again Thursday morning about the incident. She says the administration also will keep in touch with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Trump made his comment on Twitter in midmorning.
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
In the meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. cannot be “reckless” amid rising tensions with Iran.
Pelosi said Thursday she doesn’t think President Donald Trump wants to go to war. And she said the American people don’t want war either.
“There’s no appetite for going to war in our country,” she said.
The country needs to be “strong and strategic” about protecting its interests, Pelosi said, and “cannot be reckless.”
Pelosi called a caucus-wide meeting of Democrats for later Thursday on Iran. House and Senate leadership will also be briefed by administration officials.
American and Iranian officials are disputing the circumstances of the incident.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace. The U.S. military is calling the downing an “unprovoked attack” and said it occurred over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz.
After shooting the drone, Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said:
“Shooting down the American spy drone had a clear, decisive, firm, and accurate message,” he said, translated from Farsi. “The message is that the guardians of the borders of Islamic Iran will decisively respond to the violation of any stranger to this land. The only solution for the enemies is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran.”
Salami added, “We do not intend to engage in war with any country, but we are completely ready for the war. Today’s incident is a clear sign of this accurate message,” according to ABC News.
Including the reports of The Associated Press.