INTERVIEW-Fed dissenter Kashkari says sees sympathy for his views

June 16 (Reuters) - Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said on Friday that he was not alone at the U.S. central bank in his view that the Fed should have waited to raise interest rates until it was sure the recent drop in inflation really is temporary.

"I wish other people were joining me in my dissents, Ill say that," Kashkari said in a phone interview with Reuters. "I think that theres more sympathy for my views, but maybe people arent ready to take action."

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who unlike Kashkari does not vote on monetary policy this year, has said he believes rates do not need to rise in a low-growth environment like the current one.

It was not clear if Kashkari was suggesting there were others at the Fed who also advocated for a pause on interest-rate hikes at the policy-setting meeting earlier this week.

Kashkari also said he would have liked to specify a date at which the Fed will begin trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, perhaps October 1 or November 1. By not doing so, he said, the Fed invites "unnecessary" market anxiety around the Fed's July and September meetings. (Reporting by Ann Saphir; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)