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Bolton book: Trump sought China President Xi’s help with reelection

President Trump asked Chinese President Xi to purchase U.S. agricultural products to help farmers and, therefore, Trump’s own reelection effort, according to former National Security Advisor John Boltons unreleased new book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir. From a Wall Street Journal excerpt of the book: Trump said approvingly that there was great hostility to China among the Democrats. “He then, stunningly,

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Bolton: Trump cared only about getting reelected

Sure. That’s why President Trump slapped tariffs on China, which actually hurt the economy in the short term. John Bolton is obviously an angry little man. Trump let him work as his national security advisor for 17 months. Apparently, that wasn’t enough. If Bolton thought everything was being run through a political meat grinder, surely he should have resigned sometime during that period. You know, as

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John Bolton Volunteers to Testify at Senate Trial

Not sure why he’s doing this now. I gather his relationship with President Trump is irrevocably broken, and he hopes to do what he can to ensure a President Pence – who after all is an Iran hawk, like Bolton. Pence was among the Trump aides who backed killing Qassem Soleimani. But who knows? From a statement by Bolton: The House has concluded its Constitutional

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Bolton Bashes Trump

Not very classy. Even if you’re fired, you served the country and the president, at his pleasure. It’s just this kind of self-regard that got John Bolton fired as national security advisor in the first place. From the Washington Examiner: Former White House national security adviser John Bolton slammed President Trump in front of a private audience, roughly eight days since being ousted from the White

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Trump Says He Has Fired John Bolton

President Trump today said he had fired National Security Advisor John Bolton. By the tone of Trump’s tweet, this was not a happy parting. I imagine Bolton, who is a hothead, probably went too far. Bolton had a slightly different take on how it went down.

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Trump Wary of Being Dragged Into a War

President Trump has some aides, led by National Security Advisor John Bolton, who are hawkish. He has others, including many in the Pentagon, who favor diplomacy. This gets described negatively in the press as a “divide within the administration.” What it actually amounts to is having a range of opinions in your administration and then making a decision. If this were Obama, the press would

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Trump Says He Would Send Many More Than 200K Troops to Confront Iran

I’m pretty sure National Security Advisor John Bolton wants to have a war with someone. I’m just not sure yet if it’s with Iran, North Korea, or Venezuela. Or a country to be names later. According to the Washington Examiner: President Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that he would consider sending 120,000 troops, or more, to the Middle East to deal with Iran, even as he

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Trump Gets Frustrated with John Bolton’s Interventionism

Seems like maybe President Trump is not going to let himself get dragged by Neocons into a war in Venezuela. According to the Washington Post: President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young

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Bolton Threatening to Go to War With Two Countries Now

Is National Security Advisor Josh Bolton itching to have a grand war of some kind? He’s saber rattling Venezuela, which is a big mistake, because China and Russia are just salivating at the chance to keep us tied down there for years should we attack. Last night in a statement, Bolton threatened war with Iran too. Of course, by saying he wasn’t threatening war: The

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Bad Idea Developing: Trump Administration Vows Military Action to Help Guaido

So this Venezuela thing is starting to move toward a point of no return as President Trump’s own advisors seek to box him in and force military action in Venezuela. Both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton made statements Wednesday that put U.S. credibility on the line, saying military force would be used if necessary. They both went beyond the

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Bolton and Kelly Get in Profanity-Laced Shouting Match Over Immigration

Both CNN and Bloomberg are reporting that National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Cheif of Staff John Kelly got into a verbal brawl over the continued influx of illegal immigrants into the country. According to CNN: A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned

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Trump on Kim Meeting: “I Don’t Think I Have to Prepare Very Much”

Rut Roh. “I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much.” Politico is reporting that President Trump is already sick of National Security Advisor John Bolton, at least about half the time, and that they are not holding the kind of interagency meetings that would normally proceed such a crucial meeting. From the report: National security adviser John Bolton

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