"Iran made a very big mistake!"
The ominous – if vague – message came after Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it had shot down an "intruding American spy drone" after it entered the country's territory Thursday.
The move caused the volatile situation in the region to deteriorate further. Trump has tightened sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear deal last year
At the same time, Trump has sought to calm nerves, and continues to privately express wariness at wading into another foreign conflict. Do not worry about a thing, "Trump told interviewer Sean Hannity on Fox News on Wednesday evening.
For Trump, the situation will provide a test of his willingness to engage Iran after weeks of escalation, including attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf. the past several weeks, Trump has maintained his skepticism towards going to war with Iran, telling advisers that he is not interested in sending American troops into another engagement in Middle East
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That stance has sometimes been at odds with other members of his national security team, including John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Officials said Trump is not overly concerned with the rhetoric coming from his team, despite frustrations earlier this spring that his advisers seem to be getting out ahead of him
Despite they have offered hawkish warnings to Iran over his behavior. the efforts of Pompeo and the Pentagon to demonstrate the extent of Iran's malign activities in the Gulf by releasing evidence they claim Iran was behind the tanker attacks, the posture within the White House as a response to these incidents was less urgent
It was not yet clear whether the downing of the US spy drone would provide further imperious for escalation, and Trump did not clarify in his tweet on Thursday.
A second official said Trump, while keeping a close eye on the situation, has not voiced a firm view of how he wanted to pr
In an interview with Time magazine this week, Trump laid out in greater specificity what kind of provocation would justify military action in his mind
] "I would certainly go over nuclear weapons … and I would keep the other a question mark," Trump said.
A second source with knowledge of the situation told CNN that the administration believes Iran is targeting oil tankers in a "With the mines placed over the water, they knew this was not going to have a lot of collateral damage," the source said. said. "It's symbolic, and it was to affect the markets, but it did not have much effect."