Mr Trump’s former National Security Adviser announced today that he will not be voting for his former boss and that he hopes he will be a one-term President. In an interview with ABC to promote his new book, The Room Where It Happened, Mr Bolton said when he joined the administration he “had confidence going in that many of the stories were distorted”. He concluded: “That turned out not to be right.”
Mr Bolton was Mr Trump’s third and longest-serving National Security Adviser, following on from Michael Flynn and HR McMaster.
He held the position from April 2018 to September 2019, when he left the administration, claiming to have resigned although Mr Trump insisted he had in fact been sacked.
Mr Trump tweeted: “I asked John for his resignation, which he gave to me this morning.
“I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration.”
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However, Mr Bolton claimed he had in fact offered his resignation the night before, but the President told him: “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
Mr Botlon, who clashed with Mr Trump on a number of foreign policy issues like Iran and Afghanistan, vowed to have his say “in due course”, which he is now evidently doing.
However, Mr Trump’s falling out with Mr Bolton was considered a U-turn, given how he previously praised Mr Bolton saying he thought he was “very good”.
The famously temperamental President even claimed he “tempered” his National Security Adviser, admitting that fact would be surprising to many.
Mr Bolton has a reputation for being particularly hawkish in his foreign policy, while Mr Trump has attacked many of the US’ recent foreign conflicts.
For example, Mr Bolton was a strong supporter of the Iraq War, whereas Mr Trump has dubbed it one of the US’ greatest military blunders.
They also disagreed on more contemporary foreign policy issues like North Korea, Russia, Afghanistan and Iran.
Mr Trump once reportedly joked in an Oval Office meeting that “John has never seen a war he doesn’t like”.
Nevertheless, Mr Bolton has had a lasting impact on Washington policy as the architect behind the President’s hardline stance on Iran.
He also opposed peace talks with the Taliban, which Mr Trump ended up scrapping.
He was also blamed for the collapse of a summit between Mr Trump and mKim Jong-un by putting forward a list of uncompromising demands that the North Korean government rejected outright.
Hitting back with his own reporting of events, Mr Bolton claimed today that Mr Trump is “naive and dangerous” and that he is “not fit for office”.
He added: “I don’t think he had the competence to carry out the job.
“I don’t think he’s a conservative Republican. I’m not going to vote for him in November.
“Certainly not going to vote for Joe Biden either. I’m going to figure out a conservative Republican to write in.”