The mainstream media is hyping up Former National Security Adviser John Bolton ahead of his book release on Tuesday, and President Trump has had enough. In an interview with the Daily Caller, Donald Trump went nuclear, exposing the truth about why he was forced to fire Bolton.
Trump has made it clear from the get-go that one of his goals is to end the “never-ending” wars that the US has been engaged in for decades. Trump said on Sunday that he originally hired Bolton — despite misgivings about Bolton’s hawkish approach to foreign policy — to “hear both sides,” a move he clearly regrets.
“This guy’s a dumb maniac that wants to go to war with any anybody that can breathe,” Trump explained. “And I like to hear all sides, and I like to hear his side.”
Trump pulled no punches in attacking Bolton, who has also made it clear that there is no love lost between the two. Trump remarked that two conversations he had with Bolton in 2018 tipped him off to the conclusion that Bolton was “stupid.”
The Caller reported:
The first occurred shortly after Bolton’s May 2018 appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” during which Bolton floated using the “Libyan model” on North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
TRUMP: He made a serious statement. I said, ‘now what does that mean, the Libyan model?’ To me it means one thing. Gaddafi was taken over by a mob, dumped into a sewer, shot a hundred and twenty-eight times, and pissed on.
DAILY CALLER: After he was shot by a NATO aircraft.
TRUMP: Add that to it.
DAILY CALLER: What precipitated Gaddafi getting grabbed by the mob was NATO shooting him with a drone.
TRUMP: I didn’t know that. Well, add that to it. So, Bolton is on television, and I have a good relationship with Kim Jung Un, and I have a representative, right, saying this. Believe me, it was a very bad statement, that you know they put out a statement right after. I said, ‘maybe they didn’t see it.’ They did. About five minutes later, they put out a very strong statement and then right after that I was with him and said, ‘why did you make that statement?’ He said, ‘I wasn’t referring,’ and I said, ‘there’s only one thing you can refer to.’
The incompatibility between Bolton’s interventionist foreign police outlook and Trump’s anti-war stance became crystal clear in another conversation between the two in 2018 in which Bolton told Trump that going into the Middle East was a “good thing.”
“I said, ‘so going into the Middle East was that a good thing or a bad thing?’” Trump told the Caller. “[Bolton] said, ‘I think it was a good thing,’ I said, ‘you cannot be serious about that.’ It’s the most tragic mistake our country ever made.”
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