President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Thursday about a response to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone in international airspace Wednesday, saying, “You’ll find out soon.” Trump made his comment as he greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House. Trump spoke again to reporters about Iran at a pool spay in the Oval Office with Trudeau seated by his side.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “Iran made a very big mistake!”
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
Trump later said to reporters asking about a U.S. attack in response, “You’ll find out soon”.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 20, 2019
In comments to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump gave Iran a chance to de-escalate the shooting down of the unarmed reconnaissance drone by positing that perhaps it was a “mistake” made by an Iranian general–but added the U.S. “will not stand for it.”
Trump sent a warning to Iran on attacking U.S. personnel, saying that the drone was unmanned but that if it had been, “It would have made a big difference, let me tell you it would have made a big, big difference.”
Pres Trump says Iran made a very bad mistake, shooting down US drone. He says it's documented the drone was in international airspace. Asked about a US response, he told reporters it's obvious he won't be talking much about that – but that: you'll find out. (Pool Photo: @W7VOA) pic.twitter.com/agck82LxDt
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 20, 2019
Oval Office pool spray video:
WATCH: President Trump comments on Iran, trade with China, the G-20, relationship with Canada, and more in the Oval Office with PM Trudeau. pic.twitter.com/9wlz0NshR5
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) June 20, 2019
In reply to a question about reports members of his administration are trying to “push you in to conflict”, Trump said no and that “in many cases it’s the opposite”, adding that he is mindful of his election promise to get the U.S. out the “endless wars” in the Middle East.