President Trump summoned congressional leaders to the Situation Room at the White House on Thursday afternoon after Iran shot down a U.S. drone in international air space.
Tentative plan is for WH briefing on Iran for bipartisan/bicameral Congressional leaders in the Situation Room at 3 pm et. Capitol Hill visit for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be pushsd back. Timing is unclear— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 20, 2019
McCarthy on Iran:— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 20, 2019
It is unacceptable for the shooting down of an American UAV
McCarthy on what the President should do regarding Iran:
The President will have options before him
McCarthy on if the US needs a AUMF to potentially strike Iran:
He has the current authority.
"Iran made a big mistake. This drone was in international waters, clearly. We have it all documented scientifically not just words. And they made a very bad mistake," Trump told reporters from the Oval Office ahead of a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
When asked how the U.S. will respond to the attack, President Trump said "you'll find out."
"Look, I said I want to get out of these endless wars, I campaigned on that, I want to get out," Trump said.
"We beat the Caliphate. We took back the 100 percent of the Caliphate. At 99 percent, Justin, I said we're going to get out we're going to start peeling back and everybody went crazy because it was 99, and so I said all right, so we'll finish it up. So we got 100 per cent. And we're pulling that back out of Syria. We're pulling a lot of people back."
"But this is a new wrinkle, a new fly in the ointment what happened, shooting down a drone. And this country will not stand for it, that I can tell you," he continued.
President Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are watching Iran's behavior closely. Earlier this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embraced the administration's approach to combating the regime and backed the deployment of 1000 additional troops to the region.
Iran hawk, Senator Lindsey Graham, is warning Iran that they will decide how this ends.
The only thing Iran and every other thuggish regime understands is Strength and Pain.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 20, 2019
Imperative the US clearly inform the Iranians that any effort to increase uranium enrichment will be seen as a hostile act against the US and our allies in Israel, and will not go unanswered