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WashPost: Trump Rejects 'Disgusting' Advice Trying to 'Push Us Into War'

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National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 23 June 2019 08:51 AM

President Donald Trump reportedly broke from his own national security advisers in declining to carry out a retaliatory strike against Iran, calling being pushed into a war "disgusting; we don't need any more wars."

"These people want to push us into a war, and it's so disgusting," Mr. Trump told a confidant about his advisers, according to The Wall Street Journal. "We don't need any more wars."

Instead, President Trump is taking a more compassionate position with Iran, forgoing military action and instead resorting to economic sanctions he plans to announce Monday.

"I don't want to kill 150 Iranians," President Trump told reporters Saturday, referring to the casualty estimates of his advisers and saying he has Iranian friends. "I don't want to kill 150 of anything or anybody, unless it's absolutely necessary."

While advisers within President Trump's inner circle pushed for a military response to the Iranian drone strike against a U.S. military target – and potentially the oiler tanker attacks against Japanese and Norwegian interests – Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, advised more restraint than National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to the report.

"John Bolton is doing a good job, but he takes generally a tough posture," President Trump told reporters at the White House. "The only one that matters is me.

"Everybody was saying I'm a warmonger, and now they're saying I'm a dove. And I'm neither, if you want to know the truth. I'm a man with common sense."

The Post reported the plan to strike a few Iranian targets reached an agreement at a Thursday morning breakfast arranged by NSA Bolton and attended by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and resigning Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Joint Chiefs Dunford, and Mark Esper, who is going to be nominated Defense Secretary.

Support for the strikes was unanimous, according to the report, but both Secretary Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence understood President Trump's decision to eschew them because the uncomfortability with the casualty numbers, which were a point of contention between advisers and the commander in chief, officials told the Post.

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President Donald Trump reportedly broke from his own national security advisers in declining to carry out a retaliatory strike against Iran, calling being pushed into a war "disgusting; we don't need any more wars.""These people want to push us into a war, and it's so...
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