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White House inviting congressional leaders to Situation Room for Iran briefing

The White House on Thursday invited congressional leaders to the Situation Room for a briefing on Iran.

The White House has invited Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to attend a briefing at 3 p.m., a source familiar with the matter told The Hill.

President Trump, leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees and administration intelligence officials are expected to attend. 

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that Iran "made a very big mistake" after the country shot down a U.S. drone, further inflaming tensions between the two nations.

The president later told reporters at the White House that the public "will soon find out" if he plans to strike Iran, but did not elaborate. He left the door open for a military response, though he added he "wants to get out of these endless wars."

It is unclear yet whether the attack on the drone was intentional, though Trump suggested that the drone was downed by "mistake."

Trump said he has a "feeling that it was a mistake made by somebody who shouldn't have been doing something that they did."

U.S. Central Command said in a statement the downing of the drone was an "unprovoked attack."

Updated at 1:54 p.m.

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