An unarmed American drone was shot down earlier this week by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which claimed the drone was in Iranian airspace. President Donald Trump tweeted soon after that Iran had made a "big mistake," before backtracking and saying that someone on a lower tier of command likely acted alone.
As Americans speculated on whether or not the president's next move would tip us into war with Iran, Trump reportedly had indeed called for a retaliatory strike Thursday night, before calling it off at the last minute.
He confirmed the reporting in a chilling series of tweets.
President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran - Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dolla… https://t.co/kBxd0Jmjs5— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1561122194.0
....Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions. The… https://t.co/NwGNQ61rTV— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1561122196.0
....On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate… https://t.co/raUb2Tm27P— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1561122197.0
....proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to… https://t.co/P6Wp3wybdZ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1561122198.0
It's possible that Trump was just bragging about his decision to stop the attack only 10 minutes before, of course, but the admission that he didn't ask about casualties until right before the strikes had many asking the same concern.
How is it that you asked these questions 10 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH!?!! Who authorized the strike in the first place?… https://t.co/awJ1D4ri6X— David Axelrod (@David Axelrod) 1561123063.0
@realDonaldTrump I must be missing something.... What kind of idiot launches a retaliatory strike and only then as… https://t.co/8qMFeg0jnv— (((Mike Rosenberg))) (@(((Mike Rosenberg)))) 1561124189.0
Trump didn’t realize UNTIL TEN MINUTES BEFOREHAND that a planned airstrike would kill over a hundred people and wou… https://t.co/dG3QZLlxNk— George Conway (@George Conway) 1561123759.0
@realDonaldTrump You should have asked that question before you got ten mins out from the strike....should probably… https://t.co/0b2QwnPC4y— Dirk N Bender (@Dirk N Bender) 1561127408.0
@realDonaldTrump @AprilDRyan Question should have been asked much sooner than 10 minutes prior.— Maria De La Garza (@Maria De La Garza) 1561127538.0
Others thought Trump was simply making the whole thing up.
@realDonaldTrump This sound made up. Either you, 1. had to be physically restrained and forced to call it off, or 2… https://t.co/LwJvrhSxky— TyrannaNana Rox (@TyrannaNana Rox) 1561127339.0
The new course of action is yet to be known, but hopefully the president will ask the pressing questions sooner than 10 minutes before.