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

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFederal appeals court revives Seth Rich's family's lawsuit against Fox News Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Ed Henry returns to 'Fox & Friends' in teary interview after recovering from donating part of his liver MORE opened his show Thursday with a vow that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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 CarlsonMSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Tucker Carlson defends former colleague Megyn Kelly amid Trudeau blackface controversy Visiting California, Trump pledges action on homelessness 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 BoltonTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser Bolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump The John Boltons of Iran are on the rise 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.