Maxine Waters Willfully Gets Iran/Drone Story Wrong, Blames Trump

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) says some outrageous things (regularly), but her recent tweets directed at President Trump are far more than outrageous.

Tweeting in response (two days later) to news that Trump called off retaliatory strikes against Iran at the last minute, Waters refused to give Trump “credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran” then asked why the drone was “in Iran’s airspace” and wondered why we would conduct surveillance on Iran.



In addition to the confusing use of the term “so-called” and the ignorance about why we could possibly want to keep an eye on a country that just bombed an oil tanker nearby, Waters publicly endorsed the words of Ayatollah Khamenei over the Pentagon and the Commander in Chief by asserting that the drone was in Iranian air space.

Military Times reported on June 20 that Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command issued a statement disputing Iran’s characterization.

“This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce. Iranian reports that this aircraft was shot down over Iran are categorically false,” Guatella said. “The aircraft was over the Strait of Hormuz and fell into international waters.”

At the time of the intercept, “the RQ-4 was operating at high-altitude approximately 34 kilometers from the nearest point of land on the Iranian coast,” Guastella said in a statement Thursday. “This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Muscat Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians.”


The Pentagon provided reporters a map showing where the drone was shot down and from where the missile that shot it down was launched.

Waters continued with more lies, tweeting that Trump started a confrontation with Iran and that Trump “unilaterally renege[d]” on the Iran deal – a deal that was never approved by Congress and a deal Trump had no obligation to follow – and claiming that Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are attempting to start a war.

Most laughably, Waters claims that Iran was in compliance with the JCPOA.

It’s amazing that she has a communications team with the ability to tweet all of that with (allegedly) a straight face.


And she kept going, saying that by announcing additional sanctions on Iran, Trump is “trying to further provoke Iran” so Trump can strike.

The nonsensical logic is totally on brand, but there is no excuse for a member of Congress to knowingly spread lies and propaganda perpetuated by our country’s enemies.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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