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.
Speaking of terrorists, did I miss the outrage from Trump’s MAGAts about Trump inviting a terrorist group on American soil who praised 9/11? Or are they still lying about @IlhanMN celebrating the attacks? Asking for a friend pic.twitter.com/metWuEV7OV
— Taneesha️ (@StayMad44) September 18, 2019
Why Dems aren’t labeling Trump a “terrorist sympathizer” is beyond me.
He stands with Kim Jong-un.
He stands with the Saudis.
He stands with Putin.
He stands with al-Assad.
He stands with Duterte.
He now wants to stand with the Taliban.
— Alamo_on_the_rise (@AlamoOnTheRise) September 18, 2019
& Saudi Arabia helped & harboured them terrorists. How quickly they forgot. #NeverForget
— Donna Letourneau (@DonnaLetournea2) September 18, 2019
— Yeti (@YetiEye) September 18, 2019
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 (@MelissaJPeltier) September 18, 2019
The attendee said Bolton “didn’t have anything positive to say about Trump” https://t.co/k5Zq9Kc1Ei
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 18, 2019
John Bolton harshly criticized Trump’s foreign policy at a private lunch, according to Politico, saying inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and it was “disrespectful” to the victims of 9/11 because the Taliban had harbored al Qaeda. https://t.co/3rGjMulaa2
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 18, 2019
So the truth. Trump hates truth.
— Kevin McManus, Atheist, Retired, #Resist (@ThusSpokeZara) September 18, 2019
Holy Damn it! First it was @tedcruz and agreeing with @Cary_Elwes about Princess Bride. Now I find that John Bolton and I said that exact same thing. At least we can all sleep at night knowing the President is still a horrific example of a human being.
— Extremely Stable Genius (@ExtremelyGenius) September 18, 2019
Leave it to Trump to make Bolton look good
— Elli (@elibt) September 18, 2019
I agree with Bolton.
…ugh now I need a long shower.
— Anime_Now (@Anime_Now90) September 18, 2019
It’s amazing really…Trump makes the craziest folks sound/look sane…Lord, I agree with JB ♀️
— TeeBee (@jean_b1975) September 18, 2019
People warned Bolton of what would come of crossing Trump…
— ⚜️⚜️ (@CrankyAssCajun) September 18, 2019
…and what would come of Trump foreign policy.
Trump is going to take the U.S. into a War with Iran and I hope no other countries take part in this juvenile chest pounding all to keep his lips firming on the Ass of the murderous Saudi Prince..no one wants anymore Wars you have not won the ones you are in right now.
— Big Cats (@big_catsf) September 18, 2019
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) September 18, 2019
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