Democratic Rep Blames Trump for ‘Collateral Damage’ of Ukraine Plane Crash, Urges Diplomacy With Iran Rather Than Military Strikes

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) claimed Thursday that President Donald Trump could be to blame for the fatal crash of a Ukraine passenger jet in Iran on Wednesday, due to “collateral damage” caused by his “provocative” killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Speier made the remarks during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, on the Thursday edition of his show The Situation Room. The congresswoman confirmed that she had heard classified details concerning the claim by U.S. officials that the plane was accidentally brought down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile strike. She insisted Trump would be responsible for the crash if the claim proves to be true.

“If what is being projected is true, this is yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken in a provocative way by the president of the United States,” Speier said.

All 176 people aboard the Ukraine International Airlines flight were killed in the crash. Blitzer asked Speier if she thought “heightened tensions” would be caused by the Iranian “miscalculation” of shooting down the plane.

“I would say that the continued saber-rattling by the president doesn’t help us,” replied Speier. “I also feel strongly that by taking out General Soleimani, that did not somehow rid us of any of the planning that the Iranians would be doing or that the Shia militia throughout the region is also engaged in doing.”

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