Iran Did Not Target A Manned US Navy Plane in Their Airspace When They Hit The Drone, Trump Says He ‘Appreciates That They Didn’t Do That’
President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that there was an American Boeing P-8 airplane with 38 people on board that had entered Iranian airspace when they targeted the drone — and he appreciates that they did not target it.
According to a statement from Aerospace Force head Amir Ali Hajzadeh, the Iranians could have shot down the manned Navy plane, but decided not to.
“There was a plane with 38 people yesterday, did you see that? I think that’s a big story. They had it in their sights and they didn’t shoot it down. I think they were very wise not to do that. And we appreciate that they didn’t do that. I think that was a very wise decision,” Trump told reporters as he departed for Camp David.
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“Everybody was saying I’m a warmonger, and now they say I’m a dove. And I think I’m neither, if you want to know the truth. I’m a man with common sense, and that’s what we need in this country is common sense,” Trump added.
The Associated Press reported that an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general said the manned U.S. spy plane was near the surveillance drone it shot down but that Tehran chose not to target it.
“They’re not going to have a nuclear weapon. We’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon,” Trump also asserted.
“Iran right now is an economic mess. They’re going through hell. The sanctions have hit them hard. More sanctions are going to be put on, a lot more,” Trump said. “All I want is no nuclear weapons…We could have a deal with them very quickly if they wanted to. It’s up to them.”
President Trump said on Friday that they had a retaliatory strike ready to go over the downed drone, until he was informed that there would be 150 human casualties if he went through with it. In one of his most presidential moments, Trump decided that a robot was not worth taking human lives over.
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