National security adviser John Bolton furiously denied a report that President Donald Trump would accept North Korea as a nuclear power -- and was brutally mocked as insignificant.
Bolton was dispatched to Mongolia when Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, along with Fox News broadcaster Tucker Carlson, and the New York Times reported the president was considering a plan that amounts to a nuclear freeze.
The newspaper reported that Trump administration officials hoped the plan, which falls short of the president's promise to solve the North Korea nuclear problem, was seen as a foundation for a new round of negotiations.
But Bolton tweeted Monday morning, hours after the report was published, that his team was not aware of those efforts.
"I read this NYT story with curiosity," Bolton tweeted. "Neither the NSC staff nor I have discussed or heard of any desire to 'settle for a nuclear freeze by NK.' This was a reprehensible attempt by someone to box in the President. There should be consequences."
I read this NYT story with curiosity. Neither the NSC staff nor I have discussed or heard of any desire to “settle… https://t.co/39vksqB89S— John Bolton (@John Bolton) 1561978353.0
Other Twitter users ridiculed the national security adviser's apparent cluelessness about White House activities.
@AmbJohnBolton You should check with @IvankaTrump she seems to have replaced you.— Chief's Wife 💙🇺🇸💙 (@Chief's Wife 💙🇺🇸💙) 1561979604.0
@AmbJohnBolton Dude lol you weren’t even there. But maybe Tucker Carlson & Ivanka will fill you in on the details if you say pretty please.— 𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗 (@𝚔𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚗) 1561981771.0
@AmbJohnBolton Buddy, you guys are gonna be lucky to even get kissed after getting effed like this. Kim does what h… https://t.co/bqb7ScqcEJ— Ineffable Jeff (@Ineffable Jeff) 1561981391.0
@AmbJohnBolton @jaketapper You need to talk to your new bosses Ivanka and Tucker!— Debbie (@Debbie) 1561981371.0
@AmbJohnBolton Weren't you banished to Mongolia?— Not The Shadow Press Secretary (@Not The Shadow Press Secretary) 1561981340.0
@AmbJohnBolton You and the NSC staff may as well be furniture for all the input you have. Tucker Carlson,Ivanka and… https://t.co/emU38KeViS— Sideline_Observer (@Sideline_Observer) 1561981366.0
@AmbJohnBolton @jaketapper So you were replaced by Javanka while you were in Mongolia. Feeling left out? You should.— BlessYourHeart (@BlessYourHeart) 1561982075.0
@AmbJohnBolton Bolton wants to be in the room where it happens. Yet he has been pushed aside by reality TV show… https://t.co/Ykx5daMBLz— Jimmy Madison (@Jimmy Madison) 1561981892.0
@AmbJohnBolton How do you say “irrelevant” in Mongolian?— Dick Holden (@Dick Holden) 1561981219.0
@AmbJohnBolton @kristina_wong Dear Special Envoy to Mongolia, Are you threatening your boss here? Just wondering.— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1561983417.0
@AmbJohnBolton @jaketapper What are the consequences? Sending NYT journalists to Iran before you start bombing them… https://t.co/FDGWc5al6r— Nikki Ennis. (@Nikki Ennis.) 1561981568.0
@AmbJohnBolton Sure? For 2+ years the right hand has not known what the left is doing in military & foreign affairs… https://t.co/V1bGKqLAov— Nancy N Ogg (@Nancy N Ogg) 1561981253.0
@AmbJohnBolton Gotta hurt that Trump keeps cozying up with all the people you want to bomb.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger) 1561981854.0