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President Trump says United States warship destroyed Iranian drone

US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

President Trump said it was the latest “hostile” action by Iran. He called on other countries to condemn what he said are Iran’s attempts to disrupt the freedom of navigation and global commerce in the strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf region.

President Trump said the USS Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.

The president said the drone threatened the safety of the American ship and its crew.

Iran recently shot down a U.S. drone that it said was flying over Iran. President Trump called off a planned retaliatory airstrike at the last minute.

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