Trump orders US to 'shoot down and destroy' Iranian boats 'harassing' US warships

Donald Trump said he instructed the Navy “to shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats if they “harass” US ships at sea following a tense encounter between US warships and Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday morning, the president wrote: “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”

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