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

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour Trump peeved at Fox News for airing 'F--- Trump' chant: report MORE opened his show Thursday with a vow that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 CarlsonGOP senator calls Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen the 'four horsewomen of the Apocalypse' Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate 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 Robert BoltonWill Iran 'break out' for a nuclear weapon, and what can Trump do? Hillicon Valley: FTC reportedly settles with Facebook for B fine | Trump calls to regulate Facebook's crypto project | Court rules Pentagon can award B 'war cloud' contract | Study shows automation will hit rural areas hardest Trump again considering dismissing intelligence chief Dan Coats: report 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.