In an interview with the Washington Post’s Robert Costa on Tuesday afternoon, former National Security Advisor John Bolton tore into President Donald Trump over foreign policy and his actions with international organizations. The comments come on the same day as the release of Bolton’s controversial book, The Room Where It Happened.
When asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians have manipulated the President’s worldview, Bolton asserted there “wasn’t much there to manipulate.”
“I don’t think the President has a worldview. That to me is the central problem. He doesn’t approach national security with a philosophy in mind,” Bolton said. “He doesn’t have a grand strategy, he doesn’t have policies.”
Bolton named Putin and China’s Communist Party leader Xi Jinping as world leaders he believes manipulate the President.
“They do see the President as easy to maneuver around to achieve their objectives,” Bolton said. “I think that’s a very real concern.”
Bolton’s book has stirred up controversy over its content as The Justice Department resorted to legal action to halt the book’s release, saying there was classified information.
On Saturday, the request was denied. However, the Judge, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth, expressed concerns that Bolton “gambled with the national security of the United States” in proceeding with the book’s release.
In an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Monday, Trump said Bolton should be prosecuted.
“But what he did do is he took classified information, and he published it during a presidency,” Trump said. “I believe that he’s a criminal, and I believe, frankly, he should go to jail for that.”
Allies of the President, like Former Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, have spoken out against Bolton and in support of the Administration’s foreign policy actions.
Let’s be clear: President @realDonaldTrump has been far tougher on China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and ISIS than Obama or Biden ever were. That is indisputable and John Bolton knows it. Bolton selfishly betrayed America and all who selflessly serve and protect our great country
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) June 23, 2020
Bolton has several interviews planned on Tuesday and in the coming days to promote his book and further explain his account of his tenure in the Trump White House.
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Experts Say United States Vulnerable to ‘Electromagnetic’ Attack by Chinese
When Joe Biden was trying to convince Americans to vote for him to become the next President back in 2019, he belittled the concept that China is a danger to the U.S. “Come on man, China’s not a threat” said Biden.
Experts, however, continue to show just how wrong Biden has always been. Fox News reports “experts are warning that the United States is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from adversaries such as China, and that time is running out to invest in defending the country from it.”
Last week during a virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation, Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said “that poses a real threat of possibly being able to win a war with a single blow by means of an EMP attack.”
“Moreover…they don’t envision employing an EMP by itself. It would be used in conjunction with cyberattacks and physical sabotage, and non-nuclear EMP” added Pry. Experts also warn that while an EMP attack would be “bloodless” at first, a yearlong blackout could kill roughly 90% of the American population.
The U.S. electric grid and other infrastructure – such as communications and transportation systems and water and sewer services – could all be devastated by such an attack, experts like Pry warn, noting that time is of the essence for the U.S. to defend itself.
China already possesses “super EMPs” and last summer tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle that analysts warn could deploy the EMP and cause a long-lasting blackout that would shut down key infrastructure and cripple the military’s ability to communicate.
A Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities details how China has invested heavily in its EMP program, with a strategy that “emphasizes suppressing, degrading, disrupting or deceiving enemy electronic equipment throughout the continuum of a conflict while protecting its ability to use the cyber and electromagnetic spectrum.”
“The PLA is likely to use electronic warfare early in a conflict as a signaling mechanism to warn and deter adversary offensive action. Potential EW targets include adversary systems operating in radio, radar, microwave, infrared and optical frequency ranges, as well as adversary computer and information systems” adds the report.
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