REPORT: Situation Room briefing on Iran crisis concludes, GOP issues statement

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Top administration officials and lawmakers have left the White House after a more than hourlong classified briefing about Iran’s sudden downing of an American surveillance drone in the Middle East — and a “measured” U.S. response, they suggested, is likely coming soon.

Amid mounting tension between the U.S. and Iran, the White House earlier Thursday invited House and Senate leaders and Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees to meet with President Trump in the White House’s secure Situation Room.

The article goes on to state the following:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News that “we had a good briefing” and that the Trump administration would engage in “measured responses.”

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and Ranking Members–House Foreign Affairs Rep. Michael McCaul, House Intelligence Rep. Devin Nunes, and House Armed Services Rep. Mac Thornberry–called Iran’s activities a “direct attack,” and called for a “measured” retaliation in a statement.

“Iran directly attacked a United States asset over international waters,” the Republican Members wrote. “This provocation comes a week after they attacked and destroyed two commercial tankers in international waters. There must be a measured response to these actions. President Trump and his national security team remain clear-eyed on the situation and what must be done in response to increased Iranian aggression. In Congress, we stand ready to support our men and women in uniform, our country, and our allies in the region.”

CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Army Secretary Mark Esper, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford were also at the meeting.

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