Reportedly, Donald Trump has openly complained that his closest advisors are trying to push him into a war with Iran.
“These people want to push us into a war, and it’s so disgusting,” Trump allegedly said about his inner circle of aides.
“We don’t need any more wars,” Trump said.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump made the remarks about his administration officials to a confidant, in a private conversation on Friday.
It was Trump’s decision to hire hawkish aids like Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, who has repeatedly advocated for a hardline position against the Middle Eastern country.
Trump also brought aboard John Bolton as his national security advisor, who has long advocated for a regime change in Iran.
On Thursday, Trump had ordered a military strike on Iran, but at the last minute he called it off. At the time he claimed he halted the attack because he was informed 150 people would be killed in the strike, but he had to have known prior to authorizing it that many people would be killed and injured.
“I don’t want to kill 150 Iranians,” Trump told reporters on Saturday, adding that he has Iranian friends back home in New York. “I don’t want to kill 150 of anything or anybody unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
Trump authorized the military strike after Iran shot down an unmanned US drone that they say crossed into Iranian air space. The US argues that the drone was flying in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz.
During the conversation, Trump bemoaned the costs of drone shot down by Iran. The drone cost more than $130 million. He told people the dollar figure would resonate less with U.S. voters than the potential casualties. He went on to say that any Iranians that would have been killed in the attack had families, which would mean that hundreds more would be affected.
On Thursday, US military forces launched a cyber attack against Iran’s army computer systems in response to the loss of the drone.
High tensions have been growing even more intense between the US and Iran after Trump publicly accused Iran of attacking to oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.
Trump flipped the script on Saturday and told White House reporters that he disagreed with his team on Iran.
“John Bolton is doing a good job, but he takes generally a tough posture,” he said. “The only one that matters is me.”
Trump went on to discuss Bolton’s support of the Iraq war and he told reporters the conflict had been “a big mistake.” He then added that unspecified new sanctions would be enforced against Iran on Monday.
“The fact is we’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon,” he said. “And when they agree to that, they are going to have a wealthy country, they’re going to be so happy and I’m going to be their best friend.”