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Donald Trump said Friday night that he would shoot Iranian vessels “out of the water” if they bother American ships.
“Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water,” the GOP presidential candidate said at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida.
His comments follow the fifth time in about a month that Iranian boats have harassed US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf.
The US Navy has fired defensive warning shots, but not “shot [them] out of the water,” as Trump would like.
Military analysts suspect the Iranian fast-attack craft have been conducting such maneuvers mainly because they are unhappy with the US nuclear deal – an agreement Trump also opposes.
Earlier this week, the real-estate mogul also released his plan for the military if elected president.
It calls for 540,000 active-duty Army soldiers, 350 Navy ships, 1,200 combat-ready Air Force jets, and 36 Marine Corps battalions – numbers he reiterated at the rally Friday night. On the technology side, Trump calls for a modernization of the missile-defense system.
This buildup will likely cost hundreds of billions of dollars, according to Military Times.
The US military, Trump said, will be “so strong that nobody’s going to mess with us.”