President Trump warned Iran “made a very bad mistake” by shooting down a U.S. drone.
Iran claims the drone was in their airspace, but Trump insists it’s documented the drone was in international airspace.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren sided with Iran, tweeting that “Trump provoked this crisis.”
Trump provoked this crisis, and his reckless foreign policy by tweet will only worsen it. I've co-sponsored legislation to prohibit a war with Iran. We need to de-escalate tensions—not let the war hawks in this administration drag us into conflict. #NoWarWithIran
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 20, 2019
Meanwhile, fellow 2020 candidate Amy Klobucher wrote, the President has to stop tweeting us closer to a war with Iran.
The President has to stop tweeting us closer to a war with Iran.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 20, 2019
It's easy for politicians to pound the table and talk about how tough they are.
But it will not be the kids of billionaires who get killed in a war with Iran. It will be working class kids.
We must work to solve this crisis with Iran diplomatically, not go to war.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 20, 2019
President Donald Trump on Thursday said the public will “find out” about a U.S. response to Iran shooting down an American military drone in the Persian Gulf that the president insisted was in international territory.
Asked at the White House about a U.S. response, Trump said, “Obviously, you know we’re not going to be talking too much about it,” before adding, “You’re going to find out.”
“Iran made a very bad mistake,” the president continued. “The drone was in international waters clearly. We have it documented.”
Later Thursday afternoon, Trump hosted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at the White House for a briefing on Iran, Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, D-R.I., and multiple congressional sources told NBC News.
“The president may not intend to go to war here, but we’re worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war,” Schumer said back at the Capitol after attending the White House briefing. “We told the room that the Democratic position is that Congressional approval must be required before funding any conflict in Iran.”
Schumer and other Democrats have urged Republican leadership to allow a vote next week on the National Defense Authorization Act, which would require congressional approval in order for funds to be used in a military action against Iran.
Trump’s comments, made at the White House during an appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, came hours after Iran said it downed a drone and claimed it was in Iranian air space.
While Trump said the Iranian action was “a new fly in the ointment” and a “very foolish move,” he also said it might have been a “mistake.”
“I have a feeling that someone under the command of that country made a big mistake,” he said. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional. It could have been someone who was loose and stupid who did it.”