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.