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Iranian shootdown of US military drone may have been a 'mistake' - President Trump

"I have a feeling it was a mistake"

President Trump said in an interview with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday that he does not believe Iran intentionally shot down an unmanned U.S. drone flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, claiming it was probably "a mistake made by somebody who shouldn’t have been doing what they did."

"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. It was a very foolish move. That I can tell you." 

"I have a feeling -- and I may be wrong and I may be right but I'm right a lot -- that it was a mistake made by somebody that shouldn't have been doing what they do," he said. "I think they made a mistake and I'm not just talking about the country made a mistake somebody under the command of the country made a mistake." 

"It was a very foolish move," he said. Nevertheless, he said, "This country will not stand for it."

There was no immediate Iranian response to Trump's suggestion the shootdown was a mistake. 

Tensions between the US and Iran flared on Thursday when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot down an American drone that was said to have flown into Iranian airspace (the US claims the drone flew over international territory). The drone was reportedly flying over the Strait of Hormuz - that critical chokepoint for the global oil trade - not far from where two oil tankers were recently attacked.

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