Congress Allies warned President Trump on Thursday night that the US should not reciprocate against Iran's downing of a drone in a way that could trigger a wider conflict.
"Some answers may be appropriate, but full engagement will certainly not receive support," Mark Meadows, RN.C., told one of Trump's closest allies at Capitol Hill, Washington Examiner .
The Chairman of the Freedom Caucus warned against any retaliation that is too "involved," rather than pointing to Iranian anti-air batteries as an appropriate target. He was not alone as a disgust for any major conflict, limited senior republicans to demand either very limited strikes or simply tight diplomatic and economic screws on the regime.
"They have a lot of oil platforms back in the Gulf, we should shut them down and respond that way," said Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, one of the top Republicans at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to Washington Examiner . "If it's a platform, give them a warning, get all their people away from it, but something has to go."
Such a bloodless punishment could include Iran's shooting down an unmanned US surveillance drone early Thursday morning one week after the regime launched attacks on oil tankers in Oman Bay, which also appeared to be designed to avoid causing losses.
"You get out of the platforms, you're sinking, it's over," Conaway said.
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., A senior member of the Foreign Policy Panel, resist the idea of any military response at all. Trump was supposed to "send them a bill to the drone," Yoho said before specifically pushing back against another Republican senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Proposed "retaliation" against Iran earlier this week in response to the oil tanker attack.
"I think Iran must know that there are people ready to do military action, but I don't think it justifies it," Yoho said. "It's just the beginning of escalation. I would wait until they did something more egregious but let them know … Don't do more things like this to the US because it will lead to something you really don't want to suffer." [1
"I find it hard to believe it was intentional if you want to know the truth," said the president on Thursday. "I think it could have been someone who was loose and stupid who did it."
Home Maternity Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Encouraged a "measured response" to the assault in a statement released after Trump huddled with Republican and Democratic leaders in the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said "the administration is involved in, I believe what I would call" measured answers. ""
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded a cautious note. "[I] t is essential that we remain fully engaged with our allies, acknowledge that we do not deal with a responsible opponent and do everything in our power to escalate," she said. "This is a Dangerous High Voltage The situation requires a strong, smart and strategic, non-reckless approach."
Conaway claimed that retaliation is crucial, although Trump cannot guarantee how the Iranians will respond.
"You can't ignore the provocation," he says. "It's up to Iran, they get a vote, they get the next vote, we get this vote." We respond? Yes. They get the next voice. And you can't control them, so they "We will not make these provocations unanswered."