Democratic lawmaker on Iran: 'We are provoking them, we are taunting them'

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierTestimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy Equal Rights Amendment and Justice Ginsburg's 'hope' comments MORE (D-Calif.) accused the Trump administration on Thursday of provoking Iran's government and attempting to draw the U.S. into war.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day," Speier argued that the Trump administration's "provocative" actions were placing the U.S. on a course for war with Iran.


"The actions by this administration are so provocative that they are creating an environment that will destine us to go to war," Speier said. "And there's many of us, in fact I would say a majority of the members of the House right now, that would really be repelled by any act of war, but that's where the president is heading."

“We are provoking them, we are taunting them and it is not in the interest of the American people nor our service members to be going into a war that is not required,” she added.

Her remarks came hours after U.S. Central Command confirmed claims from Iran's government that it had downed a U.S. surveillance drone, though the two nations have differed on the location of the drone when it was shot down. Iranian officials maintained that the drone had flown over Iran's southern Hormozgan Province, while U.S. commanders maintained that the aircraft remained over international waters.

Iran's military said Thursday that the incident was proof that Iran would respond decisively to any act of U.S. aggression.

"Shooting down of the US spy drone has a clear message and it is the fact that the defenders of this country are ready to give decisive response to any aggression," Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami of the country's Revolutionary Guard said.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, countered Thursday that the attack was "dangerous and escalatory," and said that it "occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Muscat Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians."

"This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce, " Guastella added.