President Donald Trump doesn't seem to be messing around when it comes to Iran.
Trump sent out a Wednesday morning tweet saying that he has instructed the U.S. Navy to "shoot down and destroy" Iranian gunboats should they harass any U.S. ship.
I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2020
Trump instruction comes after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels came in close contact with U.S. warships. The Iranians claimed that they were "conducting a drill," according to the Navy Times, and said the incident resulted from "the unprofessional and provocative actions of the United States and their indifference to warnings."
The Navy Times reported:
The Guard [IRGC] released no evidence to support its allegation, but did release a video showing an Iranian boat traveling in parallel with a U.S. warship. At one point, a deck-mounted machine gun on the Iranian vessel is seen pointed toward the American ship.
The Guard also accused American forces of blocking Iranian warships on April 6 and April 7 as well.
Here's video of the interaction:
H/T: Fox News