Trump Says China Should Keep Drone They Agreed to Give Back

Pentagon says agreement was reached through "direct engagement."

"We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!" Trump tweeted this evening.

The incident had sparked a diplomatic protest from the United States demanding the return of the drone, which is used for oceanographic research.

Before it was revealed that China would return the drone to the United States, Trump took to Twitter to call the drone seizure an "unprecedented act."

"China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act," he tweeted.

No details were provided on how the drone would be returned to U.S. control.