Trump Instructs U.S. Navy To Fire On Iranian Boats If Harassed

Trump Instructs U.S. Navy To Fire On Iranian Boats If Harassed

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April 22, 202012:25 PM ET

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Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats come close to a U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait, in this photo provided by the U.S. Navy.AP via U.S. Navy

President Trump says the U.S. Navy should fire on Iranian boats if they continue to harass U.S. warships in the Gulf, a move that raises the prospect of open hostilities between the two rivals.

The president’s Wednesday morning tweet came shortly after Iran announced it had successfully launched a military satellite into orbit for the first time.

With the U.S. and Iran both battling to control a coronavirus outbreak at home, the ongoing friction between the two countries had receded from the headlines.

But Wednesday’s developments point to an escalation of tensions that have been building in recent days.

Last week, U.S. military ships were in the northern Persian Gulf for exercises. The U.S. warships were in international waters, though relatively close to Iran.Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.312KTwitter Ads info and privacy120K people are talking about this

Iran sent small boats, known as “fast boats,” toward the American warships, with one coming as close as 10 yards, according to the Navy, which released a video. The Pentagon accused Iran of sending 11 fast boats to make “dangerous and harassing approaches” to six American warships.


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