“I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by re-election calculations,” writes Bolton, who left his position in September. APF press reports, “Bolton writes that Trump, who came from the worlds of real estate and show business, was inclined to offer ‘personal favors to dictators he liked.'” These excerpts taken from Bolton’s book have been repeated dozens of times.
John Bolton will be interviewed by Martha Raddatz, tonight June 21 at 9;00 pm ET on ABC. It is an one hour program.
John Bolton served under three presidents (Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and G.W. Bush) prior to his 17 months as Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. I saw him very frequently as a commentator on Fox News, during the Obama administration. He was always very quick to explain why Obama’s policies, particularly on the Iran Nuclear Deal, were completely wrong. A summary of his experience is provided in the first link at the bottom of this blog. According to Wikipedia, “Bolton is a former senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and Fox News Channel commentator. He was a foreign policy adviser to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.”
I expect my book to arrive on Tuesday. Shipments to booksellers have begun. Legal action to block the book publication appears to have failed. But the court case isn’t over. In the end, Bolton may lose the 2 million dollars that he was promised. I’m thinking this could easily linger in the courts for a long while.
I am certain Trump admired Bolton’s combative style, his nationalistic approach to foreign issues and conservative views. I think Bolton’s way of skewing facts to his favor, really helped him convince Trump that he would be an asset to his administration. His time at the UN showed that he was not a particularly diplomatic representative to the UN and could be very blunt. I suspect this is why Trump selected him to head up the National Security Agency in 2018. At a moments notice, John Bolton could present a clear and concise defense of any of Trump’s foreign policies.
Trump reminded everyone at a press conference that Bolton was not confirmed as Ambassador to the UN in December 2006 under the Bush administration after serving in the UN for 5 months. What he fails to mention that the Senate was controlled at that time by the Democrats in late 2006. Senator Lincoln Chafee, a Republican from Rhode Island, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposed Bolton. Bolton had been considered as a poor choice by Democrats as he had supported Bush in the Iraq War, but was strongly supported by conservative Republicans and George Bush. As stated in the link below, at press conference, the President Bush said, “I received the resignation of Ambassador John Bolton. I accept it. I’m not happy about it. I think he deserved to be confirmed.”
I’m not particularly upset that Bolton chose to release all he know no and not during the impeachment inquiry. In Bolton’s book, he states the impeachment inquiry was too focused on Ukraine. But Bolton is wrong. Had the inquiry been broader, the evidence would have been weaker, and the Republicans in the Senate would have been accusing Democrats of making wild accusations. Come to think of it, they did any way and tried to disparage the witnesses who had testified in the House. They brought up the fact that the numerous Democrats thought Trump should be impeached based on Russian interference and his obstruction of justice related to the probe, then switched to Ukraine where there evidence was rock solid.
Had Bolton agreed to testify in House, Trump still would have been acquitted in the Senate. No amount of evidence on the Ukraine scandal could have changed the verdict. This was re-iterated in the New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, “That Bolton did not testify to this earlier is to his immense disgrace. But it is a national disgrace that his confirmation of the Democrats’ impeachment case probably won’t matter, so inured are Republicans to staggering corruption.” In fact, according to excerpts in the book, Bolton felt acquittal in the Senate was a done deal, and if the Republicans had been allowed subpoenaed him, Trump still would have been acquitted. I’m paraphrasing this a bit.
I would have liked it even better if Bolton had released his book in August 2020, as Trump was really trying to rev up his base support. From the beginning, I was not a big fan of the impeachment inquiry, because it was as clear as day, Trump would be acquitted in the Senate, regardless of the evidence. I said the proper way to get rid of President Trump was through the ballot box in November.
Stay tuned and safe,
Bolton, John, The Room Where it Happened ($19.95 Hardcopy, available June 23, 2020 Amazon Prime). Accepting pre-orders.
Wikipedia Link: John Bolton
(There are many copies in circulation among journalists, so many posts like the one above can be found on the internet)
Propublica, John Bolton Skewed Intelligence, Say People Who Worked With Him
Please note this article appeared when Bolton was in March 2018, when Trump announced Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor.
Time, John Bolton’s Temper (Please not the date of this article, April 25, 2005)