Hannity promises Trump would 'bomb the hell out of' Iran following downing of US drone

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment Fox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' MORE opened his show Thursday with a vow that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE would soon declare war on Iran unless Iran's leader take a "small opportunity" for peace.

Hannity said Thursday night that if the "Mullahs are smart enough" they will take a quickly disappearing option to negotiate peace with the U.S. following the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone overnight Wednesday.

If not, Hannity said, Trump would proceed to "bomb the hell out of" the country.

A Media Matters reporter who first posted the clip online noted that Hannity's warning to Iran came just minutes after his lead-in, Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonFormer Fox News anchor Shepard Smith donates 0,000 to independent journalism nonprofit Fox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage CBS employee fired for allegedly leaking Robach hot mic clip denies she leaked the tape MORE, praised the president for avoiding calls for war with Iran.

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Trump's love for Fox News programming is well-known, and it was reported by The Daily Beast on Wednesday that Carlson has been personally advising Trump on the subject and urging him to resist voices in favor of war from within his administration. Carlson has also publicly criticized Trump's national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHill, Holmes offer damaging impeachment testimony: Five takeaways The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Witness dismisses 'fictional' GOP claims of Ukraine meddling Hill says Bolton suggested Giuliani's actions would 'come back to haunt us' MORE, who is seen as a hawk on the issue of Iran.

Tensions escalated overnight between the Trump administration and Iran after Iran claimed to have shot down a surveillance drone flying over its southern Hormozgan Province. U.S. Central Command confirmed the drone's destruction in a statement Thursday, but denied that the drone was over Iranian territory, countering that it was over international waters.