The Latest: Pelosi says US cannot be ‘reckless’ on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. cannot be “reckless” amid rising tensions with Iran.
Pelosi said Thursday she doesn’t think President Donald Trump wants to go to war. And she said the American people don’t want war either.
“There’s no appetite for going to war in our country,” she said.
The country needs to be “strong and strategic” about protecting its interests, Pelosi said, and “cannot be reckless.”
Pelosi called a caucus-wide meeting of Democrats for later Thursday on Iran. House and Senate leadership will also be briefed by administration officials.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been rising over the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. On Thursday Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone.
President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” in shooting down a U.S. drone.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump was briefed Wednesday night and again Thursday morning about the incident. She says the administration also will keep in touch with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Trump made his comment on Twitter in midmorning.
American and Iranian officials are disputing the circumstances of the incident.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it shot down the 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.