President Trump approved a military strike against Iran on Thursday in response to the downing of a drone before eventually pulling back, according to a report from The New York Times.
The New York Times reported that as late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting the military strike before dawn on Friday on a series of targets including radar and missile batteries.
The strike was called off but the Times reported that it was unclear if Trump changed his mind or the administration changed its strategy on Iran.
The White House and Pentagon officials declined to comment to the Times.
The strike came after Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz.
In response to the shooting, Trump said Iran made a «very big mistake.
«I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,» he said during a meetingwith Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Times reported that there was a divide within the executive branch about whether to strike, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton and CIA Director Gina Haspel favoring a military response. Conversely, officials at the Pentagon warned that doing so could pose a risk to American forces in the region.