President Trump reportedly approved, and then abruptly called off, military strikes targeting Iran on Thursday night. The New York Times reports U.S. warplanes were already in the air ready to attack when Trump called the plan off. Trump initially OK’d the strikes as retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran on Thursday. Iran maintains the drone had entered its airspace, while the U.S. claims the drone was in international waters. Earlier on Thursday, Trump was asked about the incident.
President Donald Trump: “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.”