Donald Trump warned that he would order the Navy to open fire on Iranian boats that provoke American ships, days after a high-seas incident that ended peacefully.
When the GOP presidential nominee laid out his plan to modernize the military during a Friday night rally in Pensacola, Fla., he took an off-script aside to address his posture toward Iran.
“With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water,” Trump said to loud cheers.
Rally-goers could be heard shouting “shoot them” as Trump wound up.
This week, the Pentagon said seven Iranian attack boats harassed an American destroyer in the Persian Gulf.