Eventually, Trump went into a unusual tangent about how "probably Iran made a mistake". Iran and its backers in Russian Federation have accused the White House of unnecessarily increasing tensions in the region, starting with Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally pull the USA out of the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran and ratcheting up economic sanctions and blacklisting its state institutions.
Who will blink first: The New York Times reported that - in classified briefings in Congress - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and assorted Pentagon officials had spoken of ties between Iran and al-Qaeda.
A RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance drone lands on August 16, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. But when asked about it later, he merely described the incident as a "new wrinkle" in escalating tensions between the US and Iran - a "fly in the ointment".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds the NFL Super Bowl trophy during a meeting with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Jerusalem, June 20, 2019. "We await to see whether this escalates further - the response from the White House will be important". House and Senate leadership will also be briefed by administration officials.
Iran claimed that this drone had violated Iranian airspace, but the US has insisted that it was in global airspace and that this was an "unprovoked attack".
The latest incident comes after the US blamed Iran for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz last week. This is the latest, and most significant, of a series of attacks in the region that have inflamed tensions between Tehran and Washington.
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As an incumbent president, Trump also has the advantage of raising larger sums of money through his party. He said he had taken on a "corrupt establishment" to restore a government "of, for and by the people".
Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, citing the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk.
The outgoing Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan announced the deployment of 1,000 more United States troops to the region in response to "hostile behaviour".
Iran vowed in response to go to the United Nations to prove Washington was "lying".
Iran recently quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium and threatened to boost its enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels.
IRGC commander-in-chief Maj-Gen Hussein Salami said the downing of the drone sent a "clear message to America" that Iran's borders were its "red line". "All Americans, especially members of Congress, need to understand the danger you pose to our national security".