Trump: I Have A Feeling Iran Made A "Mistake" Downing Drone, Was Not Intentional

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President Trump said he believes the downing of a U.S. drone near Iran was a "mistake" by someone in the Iranian armed forces. The president said he imagines it was "a general or somebody" doing something they "shouldn't have been doing" who made the decision to shoot down the U.S. drone. Trump called the move "loose and stupid."

"I have a feeling that it was a mistake made by somebody that shouldn't have been doing what they did," Trump said.





"I'm not just talking the country made a mistake," the president said. "I think somebody under the command of that country made a big mistake."

"I find it hard to believe it was intentional if you want to know the truth," Trump said Thursday. "I think it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it. We'll be able to report back and you'll understand exactly what happened. But it was a very foolish move. That I can tell you."

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: I think probably Iran made a mistake. I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down. 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. 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. But I have a feeling, and it maybe wrong and I may be right, but 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. And I'm not just talking the country made a mistake. I think somebody under the command of that country made a big mistake.

REPORTER: You're talking about Iran's leadership?

TRUMP: Let's just see what happens. Let's just see what happens. It's all going to work out.

REPORTER: Are you saying you don't think it was an intentional strike of the drone?

TRUMP: I don't know. I find it hard to believe it was intentional if you want to know the truth. I think it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it. We'll be able to report back and you'll understand exactly what happened. But it was a very foolish move. That I can tell you.

REPORTER: Do you think there are members of your administration trying to push you into conflict?

TRUMP: No, not at all. In fact, in many cases, it's the opposite.

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