Some separations—whether personal or professional—go smoothly. But some people seem to have more bad breakups than good.
The Trump administration recently had another less than amicable split with a member of staff. John Bolton—tapped by Trump to serve as National Security Adviser—tendered his resignation then was promptly fired on Twitter.
A record number of top officials have resigned, been fired or simply dropped out of the Trump administration while some positions have yet to be officially filled since the President took office.
Now—as with many other of the experienced members of the Trump administration forced out—Bolton paints a picture of a President way over his head when it comes to foreign policy and national security. At a private luncheon Wednesday, Bolton let those in attendance know how he really felt about a President with no foreign policy, national security, government or military experience.
Conservative think tank Gatestone Institute invited Bolton to speak. Attendees said the former National Security Adviser never named Trump, but that it was obvious who he referred to in his criticisms of a man outmaneuvered over and over again on the international stage.
One major bone of contention was the President's bragged about Camp David invitation to the Taliban during the week of September 11. Bolton characterized the move as a "terrible signal” to the world and “disrespectful" to victims and others impacted by the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.
@kylegriffin1 Why Dems aren't labeling Trump a "terrorist sympathizer" is beyond me. He stands with Kim Jong-un.… https://t.co/ERkdR43JXY— Alamo_on_the_rise 🆘🍑 (@Alamo_on_the_rise 🆘🍑) 1568840608.0
@kylegriffin1 & Saudi Arabia helped & harboured them terrorists. How quickly they forgot. #NeverForget— Donna Letourneau (@Donna Letourneau) 1568840744.0
@kylegriffin1 When #Bolton is the voice of reason. You know you are in trouble. https://t.co/FQVBkRCVYH— Yeti (@Yeti) 1568840443.0
Bolton also claimed any talks with Iran or North Korea were doomed to failure as their only interest lay in relief from sanctions—something Trump failed to understand.
Bolton will be on Trump’s Naughty List this XMAS: https://t.co/tHXzl6Odxx— Melissa Jo Peltier (@Melissa Jo Peltier) 1568849295.0
The attendee said Bolton “didn’t have anything positive to say about Trump” https://t.co/k5Zq9Kc1Ei— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1568846183.0
John Bolton harshly criticized Trump's foreign policy at a private lunch, according to Politico, saying inviting th… https://t.co/mKdywZ1s3B— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1568840101.0
@kylegriffin1 @Iamworthy9 So the truth. Trump hates truth.— Kevin McManus, Atheist, Retired, #Resist 🇨🇦🎣🥋🍸 (@Kevin McManus, Atheist, Retired, #Resist 🇨🇦🎣🥋🍸) 1568840638.0
@kylegriffin1 @gtconway3d Holy Damn it! First it was @tedcruz and agreeing with @Cary_Elwes about Princess Bride. N… https://t.co/jKas1CRf8x— Extremely Stable Genius (@Extremely Stable Genius) 1568841282.0
@kylegriffin1 @joncoopertweets Leave it to Trump to make Bolton look good— Elli 🍎 (@Elli 🍎) 1568844088.0
@kylegriffin1 I agree with Bolton. ...ugh now I need a long shower.— Anime_Now (@Anime_Now) 1568840480.0
@kylegriffin1 It’s amazing really...Trump makes the craziest folks sound/look sane...Lord, I agree with JB 🤦🏾♀️— TeeBee (@TeeBee) 1568840415.0
People warned Bolton of what would come of crossing Trump...
@Merv515 @kylegriffin1 What fun!— ⚜️𝙳𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚝𝙲𝚊𝚓𝚞𝚗𝙱𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑⚜️ (@⚜️𝙳𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚝𝙲𝚊𝚓𝚞𝚗𝙱𝚒𝚝𝚌𝚑⚜️) 1568840692.0
...and what would come of Trump foreign policy.
@kylegriffin1 @gtconway3d Trump is going to take the U.S. into a War with Iran and I hope no other countries take p… https://t.co/PZTDHhAJcC— Big Cats (@Big Cats) 1568841079.0
On Wednesday, Trump named Bolton's successor. Robert O'Brien—State Department’s chief hostage negotiator—was introduced on a tarmac where Trump said:
"He’s worked with me for quite a while now on hostages. And we’ve got a tremendous track record with respect to hostages."
And after hearing of Bolton's criticism, Trump was quick to throw another former staffer under the bus.
Trump Rips Bolton: He ‘Got Stuck in Quicksand’ and We Ended Up 'Policeman for the Middle East' https://t.co/ibDQe5FCCJ— Mediaite (@Mediaite) 1568849279.0
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