President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden’s defense of remarks about segregationist senators: ‘He’s better than this’ Booker hits Biden’s defense of remarks about segregationist senators: ‘He’s better than this’ Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas ‘like they’re cookies’ MORE approved a military strike against Iran on Thursday in response to the downing of a drone before eventually pulling back, according to a report from The New York Times.
The New York Times reported that as late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting the military strike before dawn on Friday on a series of targets including radar and missile batteries.
The strike was called off but the Times reported that it was unclear if Trump changed his mind or the administration changed its strategy on Iran.
The White House and Pentagon officials declined to comment to the Times.
The strike came after Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz.
In response to the shooting, Trump said Iran made a “very big mistake.
“I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” he said during a meetingwith Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrudeau pledges to invest revenue from oil pipeline into clean energy Trudeau pledges to invest revenue from oil pipeline into clean energy AFL-CIO president laughs at Trump’s assertion that unions support new trade pact MORE.
The Times reported that there was a divide within the executive branch about whether to strike, with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIs America headed toward war? Is America headed toward war? Polar bear spotted hundreds of miles south of normal hunting grounds MORE, national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonIs America headed toward war? Is America headed toward war? Trump’s UN pick faces Senate grilling MORE and CIA Director Gina HaspelGina Cheri HaspelDOJ to interview CIA officers on Russian interference conclusions: Report DOJ to interview CIA officers on Russian interference conclusions: Report Why intelligence officials need to brief Congress on Iranian threats MORE favoring a military response. Conversely, officials at the Pentagon warned that doing so could pose a risk to American forces in the region.
– This story is developing