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Trump Suggests Iran’s Downing of U.S. Drone Wasn’t Intentional

Thursday 20 June 2019

WASHINGTON (TicToc by Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump said Iran made “a very bad mistake” by shooting down a U.S. drone but suggested it was an error by an individual who was “loose and stupid” and he declined to detail any potential U.S. response.

“I would imagine it was a general or somebody who made a mistake by shooting that drone down”, Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional. It could have been somebody who was loose and stupid.”

Iran and the U.S. continue to dispute whether the U.S. Navy drone was over international or Iranian waters when it was shot down near the entrance to the Persian Gulf, escalating tensions in a region that has been on the brink of a military confrontation for weeks.

Iranian media said the aircraft was hit inside Iranian airspace. The Pentagon said the drone was 34 km away from Iranian territory when it was struck.


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