WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump Thursday was playing down Iran's downing of an American drone, saying that it might have been a mistake executed by someone just being "loose and stupid."
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Mr. Trump told reporters Thursday that the downing of the drone was a "new wrinkle" in escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran and a "fly in the ointment."
He was coy about whether the U.S. would respond, saying only that "you'll find out."
He said he has a feeling that it was a mistake; that a "general or somebody" made a mistake in shooting that drone down.
But he added that Iran made a "big mistake" and that the U.S. "will not stand for it."
Mr. Trump's words appear to signal that there may not be an immediate U.S. response to the incident.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it shot down the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone over Iranian airspace.
The U.S. military is calling the downing an "unprovoked attack" and said it occurred over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz.
Mr. Trump said: "It was in international waters."
Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it shot down the over Iranian airspace.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella says the shooting down of the drone follows recent threats to international shipping commerce in the region that the U.S. has blamed on Iran.
The commander of U.S. Central Command air forces in the region disputed Iranian claims that the drone was over Iranian air space.
Guastella told reporters Thursday that the aircraft was at high altitude and at least 34 kilometers from Iranian territory when it was shot over the Gulf of Oman.