Trump told confidant that national security advisers 'want to push us into war': report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE reportedly told a confidant that his national security advisers want to push him into a war with Iran. 

"These people want to push us into a war, and it’s so disgusting,” Mr. Trump told one person about his advisers, according to The Wall Street Journal

“We don’t need any more wars,” he reportedly added.


Trump privately lamented the approximately $130 million cost of a drone shot down by Iran, but said that the money would be less important to voters than potential casualties,  according to the newspaper.

He reportedly told confidants that every person who could be killed has a family, so hundreds of additional people would be affected by a retaliatory U.S. strike. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

Trump last week tweeted saying that he called off a strike against Iran with minutes to spare because he was concerned by an estimate of 150 deaths. Trump said he felt a military strike would be "not proportionate."

He later added that he ordered the strike to not go forward "at this time," appearing to signal the possibility of future action. 

Trump said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that aired Sunday that he had both "doves" and "hawks" in his Cabinet, nothing that he believed National Security Adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? Trump at a pivotal crossroads on Iran Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran | Pentagon chief calls attack on Saudi oil facilities 'unprecedented' | Administration weighs response | 17th US service member killed in Afghanistan this year MORE was a hawk. 

"John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he'd take on the whole world at one time," Trump said. "But that doesn't matter because I want both sides."