Newly ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton has already begun disparaging his former boss, President Donald Trump, according to a new report from Politico.
The outlet revealed details of Bolton’s comments at a private lunch Wednesday in Manhattan hosted by the conservative Gatestone Institute.
Unsurprisingly, the report revealed that Bolton, a notorious warmonger, was at odds with the president over his recent effort to bring the Taliban to Camp David to negotiate a drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. He also reportedly said that Trump’s policy toward Iran and North Korea was “doomed to failure.”
Few observers take Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea seriously — despite three meetings with dictator Kim Jong-un, there’s been no progress toward denuclearization, and the regime continues to test missiles. All that has happened is Trump has given Kim a series of public relations victories.
And while Bolton is broadly right about Trump’s failures with Iran, though, he gets the diagnosis wrong. Trump’s failure stems from his decision to pull out of the deal reached by the Obama administration that limited the Islamic Republic’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. By breaking the American end of the bargain, Trump has reinvigorated tensions with Iran. Bolton sees Trump as having failed by declining to retaliate earlier in the summer when Iran shot down an American drone, but the president likely made the right call then — such an attack could have quickly escalated and spiraled out of control.
The odd thing is, however, that the tensions between Bolton and Trump were predictable back in 2018 when the White House brought him on as the new national security adviser. It was obvious for anyone watching that the pair would inevitably clash. It was similarly predictable that, as soon as Trump booted Bolton unceremoniously, the former national security adviser would begin badmouthing his former boss.
Lindsey Graham lashes out at Mattis for criticizing Trump — and suggests he’s been duped by the ‘liberal media’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday lashed out at Gen. James Mattis, President Donald Trump's former Defense secretary.
Writing an op-ed in The Atlantic on Wednesday, the Mattis highlighted the president's tendency toward fascism and authoritarianism. It prompted Graham to tell the general he doesn't know what he's talking about.
"To General Mattis, I think you're missing something here, my friend. You're missing the fact that the liberal media has taken every event in the last three-and-a-half years and laid it at the president's feet," Graham said on Fox News, according to Axios.
California cop shoots through his own windshield to kill suspect on his knees — after mistaking his hammer for a gun
A police shooting in the California city of Vallejo has a community on edge, according to a report from NBC Bay Area.
Sean Monterrosa, 22, was kneeling when a Vallejo police officer shot and killed him. The shooting happened while police were trying to stop looters from invading a local Walmart.
"This individual appeared to be running toward the black sedan, but suddenly stopped, taking a kneeling position, and placing his hands above his waist, revealing what appeared to be the butt of a handgun," Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams said.
But Monterrosa was carrying a hammer, not a gun.
‘Party of Lincoln is dead, dead, dead’: Ex-House Republican lawyer says it’s time to give up on ‘hopeless’ GOP
Former House Republican Congressional Committee Investigative Counsel Sophia Nelson this week published a scathing column about her former party in which she encouraged Americans to simply give up hope that it will ever properly serve as a check on President Donald Trump.
In her latest Daily Beast column, Nelson called the GOP "hopeless" and declared that "the party of Lincoln is dead, dead, dead" after so many of its members stayed silent in the wake of Trump's widely panned photo-op stunt at St. John's Church in Washington D.C.