Republican Sen. Tom Cotton weighs in on what's next.
Gen. Jack Keane said on Friday that US military action against Iran was on the table, then called off after last minute intel confirmed President Trump's instinct that Iran's drone strike down was a "mistake".
Trump condemned Iran for shooting down a US drone over the Strait of Hormuz, but said he found it "hard to believe it was intentional". "I didn't think it was proportionate".
Cotton warned that Iran has been stepping up its actions, and if officials do not face consequences, it will only get worse.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has stated that the country's stance on the defence of its borders won't change "regardless of any decision" that Washington may take in regards to Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Wallace explained that Pentagon officials would've fully laid out the predicted casualties in their initial briefing with Trump on a potential strike with Iran. Cotton distinguished the two situations.
"First, President Obama's Syrian policy was a mess". He went on to note that, unlike Obama, Trump did not draw any red line "in his own language", but has made it clear that the US will not tolerate any attacks on American servicemembers or citizens, which has yet to take place. "Second, he himself in his own words drew that red line, and then third, he failed to enforce it". But the terrorist label and sanctions attached to it were rescinded in 2012 and its influence has increased since Trump became president. Look, they're not going to have a nuclear weapon.
Gen. David Deptula says military force is one element in President Trump's national security set of alternatives to meet his long term objectives.
"Something's tainted there", Smith said of Trump's model of events. And my deal is nuclear. It is Trump, not Iran who is the aggressor.
Washington has also accused Iran of responsibility for carrying out attacks on tankers in the congested shipping lanes heading out of the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.