Bolton: Trump Easily Manipulated By Putin And Xi, Lacks ‘Worldview’
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.
I gave John Bolton, who was incapable of being Senate confirmed because he was considered a wacko, and was not liked, a chance. I always like hearing differing points of view. He turned out to be grossly incompetent, and a liar. See judge’s opinion. CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Washed up Creepster John Bolton is a lowlife who should be in jail, money seized, for disseminating, for profit, highly Classified information. Remember what they did to the young submarine sailor, but did nothing to Crooked Hillary. I ended up pardoning him – It wasn’t fair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
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.