Former National Security Adviser John Bolton hints at 2024 presidential run

by mcardinal

Savannah Hulsey Pointer, FISM News 

 

According to a UK television report, John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has suggested that he would challenge his former employer for the presidency in 2024. 

The television program Good Morning Britain claimed that Bolton’s desire to win the Republican nomination is an effort to sabotage his former boss and his political comeback, according to Breitbart News.

“Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton has told us that he will run for US President in a bid to stop his former boss from getting the nomination,” the British television show tweeted Friday morning.

“John Bolton has exclusively told ‘Good Morning Britain’ he wants to be the next President of the United States,” the show said in a report introducing a live exchange with Bolton.

In the show’s supplemental video, Good Morning Britain queries the 74-year-old about what a John Bolton-led America would entail.

“I would get in to win the nomination,” Bolton said. “And I would do it primarily on the basis that we need a much stronger foreign policy. And I think it is important that it is understood, not just in Moscow, but is understood in places like Beijing — that unprovoked aggression against your neighbors is not something the United States and its allies would tolerate. I think Trump support within the party itself is in terminal decline,” Bolton said of Trump’s influence in the Republican Party.

Bolton served as the Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs from 2001 to 2005. He was subsequently named US Ambassador to the UN and served as the Project for the New American Century’s director while advocating for the Iraq War. 

From April 2018 through September 2019, Bolton advised Trump on national security matters. This was two years after he was passed over for the position of Secretary of State. 

He has never attempted to conceal his distaste for Trump in the years after they broke up. According to Breitbart News, while Bolton has claimed to have resigned, Trump has claimed to have dismissed him.

Bolton developed a reputation for being rather divisive during the period when conservatives were split over their support for military intervention in the Middle East.

So far Trump is the only Republican to have announced his bid for president in 2024, although Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is widely anticipated to follow suit.

In its first week after it was released in the summer of 2020, while Trump was running for his second term, John Bolton’s new tell-all book critical of the Trump administration sold more than 780,000 copies, making him the most recent former Trump government official to profit from a book critical of the president. 

The Room Where It Happened, written by Bolton, offers a critical assessment of the Trump administration during the 18 months he served as National Security Adviser. According to reports, Bolton received a $2 million advance.

According to Joe Concha of The Hill, although The Room Where It Happened didn’t surpass former FBI Director James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty in first-week sales, it still ranks as one of the best-selling books of the Trump era. 

In comparison to other publications by former officials, Bolton’s memoir was published remarkably soon after he departed the administration in late 2019. 

After Bolton failed to complete a national security assessment procedure for former officials, the White House attempted to stop the publication of his book, but a judge found that this was impossible because advance copies of the book had already been extensively circulated.

The judge criticized Bolton, saying that he “gambled with the national security of the United States” and exposed the United States to potential harm by not conducting an audit of his book for classified information. Bolton could also face legal and financial consequences due to not completing the review.

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