During a joint press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump said “Iran made a big mistake” when it shot down a U.S. drone over international waters, a fact the president said was “documented scientifically.”
“Iran made a big mistake,” Trump said. “This drone was in international waters clearly. We have it all documented. It’s documented scientifically, not just words. They made a big mistake.”
“Are you ready to go to war with Iran?” a member of the press asked the president.
“You’ll find out. Obviously, you know we’re not going to be talking too much about it. They made a very big mistake,” the president said.
“I think probably Iran made a mistake,” he later said. “I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down. And fortunately, that drone was unarmed. There was no man in it and there was no — it was just — it was over international waters, clearly over international waters, but we didn’t have a man or woman in the drone,” Trump explained.
“We had nobody in the drone. It would have made a big difference, let me tell you. It would have made a big, big difference,” he added.
“But I have a feeling, and I maybe wrong and I may be right, I’m right a lot. I have a feeling that it was a mistake made by somebody that shouldn’t have been doing what they did. I think they made a mistake. I’m not just talking the country made a mistake. I think that somebody under the command of that country made a big mistake,” he continued.
“Are you saying you think it wasn’t intentional to strike the drone?” asked a reporter.
“I don’t know. I find it hard to believe that it was intentional if you want to know the truth. I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it…I was a very foolish move,” Trump responded.