Trump On ‘Hawk’ Bolton: ‘If It Was Up To Him He’d Take On The Whole World At One Time’

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President Trump told Meet The Press on Sunday that National Security Advisor John Bolton is “absolutely a hawk” and “if it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time.”

Asked by Chuck Todd if he felt like he was “being pushed into military action against Iran,” Trump responded: “I have some hawks. Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, okay? But that doesn’t matter because I want both sides.”

Transcript via NBC News:

CHUCK TODD:

If you, are you, do you feel like you were being pushed into military action against Iran by any of your advisors?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

I have two groups of people. I have doves and I have hawks.

CHUCK TODD:

Yeah, you have some serious hawks.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

I have some hawks. Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, okay? But that doesn’t matter because I want both sides. You know, some people said, “Why did you put –” You know, I was against going into Iraq for years and years. And before it ever happened I was against going into Iraq. And some people said, “Oh I don’t know.” I was totally against and I was a private citizen. It never made sense to me. I was against going into the Middle East. Chuck, we’ve spent $7 trillion in the Middle East right now.

CHUCK TODD:

Why is this our problem? This is a proxy war. Iran and Saudi Arabia are in a fight to the death out there.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

Yeah. You’re right. You’re right. And that’s another thing I’ve done —

CHUCK TODD:

Candidate Trump, candidate Trump for years would have said, “Not our fight.” Why are you involved?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

Because of nuclear weapons. It has nothing to do with oil.

CHUCK TODD:

So the minute you get them to do nuclear weapons, you want out of the Middle East?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

That’s all I care. I don’t care about — Well, we’re going to protect Israel. But I have nothing to do, absolutely nothing — and we’re going to protect Saudi Arabia. Look, Saudi Arabia is buying $400 billion worth of things for us. That’s a very good thing.

CHUCK TODD:

You used to say we don’t get anything in return —

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

We are now.

CHUCK TODD:

— for protecting Saudi Arabia.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

You know that this —

CHUCK TODD:

You feel like they’re now paying for —

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

— this morning —

CHUCK TODD:

— the American protection?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

— I spoke to the Crown Prince, this morning. And we had a great conversation. I said, “This is a very expensive operation. You and the other nations that we’re protecting have to pay.”

CHUCK TODD:

Did you talk —

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

And he said, “Yes.”

Note, Todd did not ask Trump what we get out of our relationship with Israel.

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