Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) had some choice words for House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) after the latter claimed that President Donald Trump did not deserve to receive “credit” for stopping a military strike against Iran after it shot down a U.S. drone.
On Sunday, Waters took aim at the president, claiming that he should not receive “credit” for halting a retaliatory strike against the Islamic Republic after it shot down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz.
Trump had stated he called off the military move because it could have killed 150 people, a disproportionate response to the downed unmanned drone.
“Trump, you get no credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran,” Waters tweeted. “Why was the unmanned drone in Iran’s airspace? Why the surveillance? Don’t provoke and then pretend innocence.”
Trump, you get no credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran. Why was the unmanned drone in Iran's airspace? Why the surveillance? Don't provoke and then pretend innocence.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) June 23, 2019
Crenshaw — a former Navy SEAL — fired back hours later, calling the rhetoric from Waters “shocking” and accusing the House Financial Services Committee chairwoman of “literally repeating the lies of the Iranian regime.”
“This is a shocking comment from a House Committee Chairwoman,” the congressman wrote. “She is literally repeating the lies of the Iranian regime. What a disgrace.”
This is a shocking comment from a House Committee Chairwoman. She is literally repeating the lies of the Iranian regime. What a disgrace.
Maxine Waters’ hate for Trump runs so deep that she is willing to take Iran’s side over the word of our military. https://t.co/BnJn7Qn9rN
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) June 24, 2019
Crenshaw continued on to blast the California Democrat, saying that her “hate for Trump runs so deep” that she is “willing” to side with Iran’s word over that of the U.S. military’s.
The Iranian government claimed that the U.S. drone was in its airspace. The U.S. government has pushed back on the Islamic Republic’s claim, saying that the drone was in international airspace instead.
Iran claimed the downing of the drone was to send “a clear message” to the U.S.