Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Thursday suggested President Donald Trump was in part to blame for the previous day’s suspected downing of a Ukraine International Airlines passenger plane by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
Speier, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer she’d been briefed on the incident but was “not at liberty to say” whether Iran had mistakenly believed the aircraft that crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s airport was a U.S. military plane.
All 176 people on board the jet were killed.
Speier warned, “if what is being projected is true, this is yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken in a provocative way by the president of the United States.”
She also lambasted Trump’s “continued saber-rattling,” called for the situation with Iran to be “de-escalated” and for Trump to return to the negotiating table.
Tensions flared last week following the U.S. assassination of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran responded with missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers. No casualties were reported.
“Iran has been a bad actor. Soleimani was a bad actor,” Speier acknowledged.
“But there are many people in that region and around the world who are bad actors,” she said. “We have to find a way to live together and attempt to move towards peace.”
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