Former national security adviser John Bolton made clear on Monday in his first public remarks since his contentious departure from the White House that he opposed President Donald Trump’s approach to North Korea and Iran as multiple current and former administration officials say he also was at odds with his former boss over a July phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Three officials said Bolton argued against Trump calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 24 because he was concerned the president wasn’t coordinating with advisers on what to say and might air personal grievances. The officials declined to say whether that included concerns that Trump might raise questions about his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Ukraine.
Bolton was among the senior members of the president’s national security team, including Vice President Mike Pence, who did not listen in on the Zelenskiy call, officials said.
Now there are growing fears among people close to Trump that Bolton and his allies are poised to inflict the most damage on the president given his unceremonious exit from the White House and how much he knows from his 17 months there.
“They know where a lot of the bodies are buried,” one person close to the White House said.
He's an OG wingnut. But I don't know if he will lie for the president.
They should subpoena him and find out.
Oh, and we know that Kim Jong Un has no intention of giving up his weapons. Why in the world would he? Indeed, Trump has made him more stubborn on that count than ever with his Ukraine games. They gave up their nuclear weapons over a decade ago with the understanding that the US and NATO would protect them.
How's that going?
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