Influential conservative foreign policy expert and former UN Ambassador John Bolton is no longer allowed to talk to President Trump, Bolton revealed in a piece for the National Review Tuesday. Bolton is often at odds with the establishment, which now seems to be running the Trump administration, which was elected, as you may remember, to tear down the establishment.
Clearly, not only is polite opinion ascendant in the White House, but it is not permitting other opinions to get to the president. Opinions such as withdrawing from the Iran deal, which Democrats and moderate Republicans consider a radical idea, even though the deal permits Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
From Bolton’s article:
Defining a compelling rationale to exit Obama’s failed nuclear deal and elaborating a game plan to do so are quite easy.
In fact, Steve Bannon asked me in late July to draw up just such a game plan for the president — the option he didn’t have — which I did. Here it is. It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, hundred-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement.
I offer the Iran nonpaper now as a public service, since staff changes at the White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible. Although he was once kind enough to tell me “come in and see me anytime,” those days are now over.
Bannon, of course, is out of the White House. Apparently, Trump’s advisors are hoping not just to clean out his office, but to scrub out any molecule of evidence that he was ever there.