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USA: 'Iran made a big mistake’ – Trump on drone downing

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M/S US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at news conference, Washington DC
SOT, Donald Trump, US president: "Iran made a big mistake. This drone was in international waters. Clearly, we have it all documented it's documented scientifically not just words. And they made a very bad mistake. (Reporter: How will you respond?)
You'll find out. You'll find out. You'll find out. Obviously, obviously, obviously you know we're not going to be talking too much about it. You're going to find out. They made a very big mistake."
W/S US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at news conference
SOT, US President, Donald Trump: "(Reporter: You said Iran was a different country, do you still hold that opinion?) Oh absolutely, when I came here Iran was in 14 to 18 different sites of confliction and they were extremely hostile. They were hostile when they signed the deal. They were screaming Death to America and 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. And fortunately that drone was unarmed. It was not ... 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. Would have made a big difference. Let me tell you, would have made a big, big difference. But I have a feeling, I may be 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 about the country made a mistake. I think that somebody under the command of that country made a big mistake.
(Reporter: You're talking to your Iran's leadership.)
Let's just see what happens. You just let's see what happens it's all going to work out.
(Reporter: Are you saying that you think it wasn't intentional to strike the drone?)
I don't know. I find it hard to believe 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. But 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 believe there are members of your administration who are trying to push you into conflict?)
No, not at all not at all. In fact in many cases it's the opposite. But I will say look I said I want to get out of these endless wars. I campaigned on that I want to get out. We've been in Afghanistan for 19 years, as you know, we've reduced very substantially in Afghanistan. We beat the Caliphate. We took back 100% of the caliphate. When it was 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 so I said all right so we'll finish it up so we got 100% and we're pulling that back out of Syria. We're pulling a lot of people back. But this is something ... this is a new wrinkle, this is a new fly in the ointment. What happened. Shooting down the drone. And this country will not stand for it. That I can tell you."
W/S US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at news conference
SCRIPT
US President Donald Trump said Iran had made a "big mistake" in shooting down a US drone. Trump was speaking at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington DC on Thursday.
“Fortunately that drone was unarmed. It was not ... 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. Would have made a big difference. Let me tell you, would have made a big, big difference," said the US president.
Trump went on to speculate that the drone was downed by mistake. "I have a feeling that it was a mistake made by somebody that shouldn't have been doing what they did," he said. "I think they made a mistake and I'm not just talking about the country made a mistake. I think that somebody under the command of that country made a big mistake."
The US president said the US has documented evidence that the drone was intercepted over international waters. Iran claims the aircraft violated its air space.
“This is something ... this is a new wrinkle, this is a new fly in the ointment. What happened. Shooting down the drone. And this country will not stand for it. That I can tell you," said President Trump.