Trump complains aides he hired are trying to push him into war with Iran, says report: 'It's so disgusting'

‘The only one that matters is me,’ president says after overruling advisers

Zamira Rahim
Sunday 23 June 2019 11:46 BST
Donald Trump says he could be Iran's 'best friend'

Donald Trump has reportedly complainted that his closest advisers “want to push [the US] into a war” with Iran, following his decision to cancel military strikes against the Islamic Republic.

“These people want to push us into a war, and it’s so disgusting,” the US president said about his inner circle of aides, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“We don’t need any more wars.”

Mr Trump is said to have made the remarks about his administration officials to a confidant, in a private conversation on Friday.

The 73-year-old chose to hire hawkish aides such as John Bolton, his national security adviser, who is a longtime advocate of regime change in Iran.

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, also advocates hardline positions against the Middle Eastern country.

But the president abruptly cancelled planned military strikes on three Iranian targets on Thursday.

He claimed he did so after learning that 150 people would be killed in the strikes, which were planned in response to Iran shooting down an unmanned US drone.

Tehran claims the drone was struck above its own waters, while the US argues that it was attacked above international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

US military forces launched a cyber attack against Iran’s army computer systems on Thursday in response to the drone’s loss.

Tensions between the US and Iran have steadily been rising over oil tanker attacks in the strait, for which the US believes Iran is responsible.

Mr Trump told White House reporters on Saturday that he disagreed with his team over Iran.

“John Bolton is doing a good job, but he takes generally a tough posture,” he said.

“The only one that matters is me.”

The president also discussed Mr Bolton’s support of the Iraq war and told reporters the conflict had been a big mistake.

Mr Trump also said that unspecified new sanctions would be enforced against Iran on Monday but struck a softer tone when discussing the diplomatic crisis.

“The fact is we’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon,” he said.

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“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.”

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