President Donald Trump admitted he hired a "wacko" as national security adviser -- and he got hammered with mockery and criticism.
That former adviser, John Bolton, has written a book about his time in the White House alleging that Trump had asked multiple countries to help him win re-election, among other misdeeds and displays of incompetence, and the president has been lashing out.
"I gave John Bolton, who was incapable of being Senate confirmed because he was considered a wacko, and was not liked, a chance," Trump tweeted. "I always like hearing differing points of view. He turned out to be grossly incompetent, and a liar. See judge’s opinion. CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!!!"
A judge rejected the administration's request to pull back publication of Bolton's book, but suggested that the former White House official might have to forfeit his $2 million advance and possibly face prosecution for publishing classified material.
I gave John Bolton, who was incapable of being Senate confirmed because he was considered a wacko, and was not like… https://t.co/EXICdW550A— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1592829268.0
Other Twitter users ridiculed the president's admission.
@realDonaldTrump Bolton was fired by Bush. You hired him, knowing this. You are a failure. #TrumpIsALaughingStock— Space Force Cadet (@Space Force Cadet) 1592831061.0
@realDonaldTrump Give wackos a chance! - nobody ever.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger) 1592830660.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump picking a National Security Advisor. "How about the one in the vest. Nobody likes him, but… https://t.co/pd97jfHJrW— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger) 1592831059.0
@realDonaldTrump You wrote the words - wacko - not liked - grossly incompetent - liar ...without even a HINT of self awareness. Wow.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1592830602.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump literally never likes hearing different points of view. Even his supporters know this. That… https://t.co/CWIQhzkTkt— JRehling (@JRehling) 1592830122.0
@realDonaldTrump “Lies” aren’t considered classified information. Either Bolton is lying, or he’s sharing classifie… https://t.co/Ufv9pTlLuz— jen pal (@jen pal) 1592829764.0
@realDonaldTrump Thank you sir for entrusting our most important national security position to someone considered a wacko!— Paul 👻 (@Paul 👻) 1592829397.0
@realDonaldTrump “I always like hearing differing points of view”, claimed the pathological liar who tolerates nobody except fawning yes-men— Dreamweasel (@Dreamweasel) 1592829351.0
@realDonaldTrump Why do you keep hiring grossly incompetent liars? Is it because you're a grossly incompetent liar? (Yes, it is.)— Biden | Harris VICTORY Room (@Biden | Harris VICTORY Room) 1592829535.0
@realDonaldTrump So you admit that he's a wacko but still hired him? Are you stupid?— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1592829534.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump always hires people he later calls grossly incompetent whackos. What does it make him?— Comfortably Numb (@Comfortably Numb) 1592829396.0