While the Defense side of the Trump admin churns out daily stories about how America is supposedly ‘arming up against ‘ Iran sand North Korea….The ‘Bad Cop’?
Donald Trump is continually saying he doesn’t want a fight?…”Good Cop’?
Is THAT what’s going on here?
Or is John Bolton trying to lead his boss by the tie into a shooting war on opposite sides of the planet?
No matter what?
Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor seems to be banging the war drums at a time when America does NOT need a military shooting war…
President Trump was grousing about John R. Bolton, his national security adviser, at his Florida club not long ago. Guests heard the president complaining about the advice he was getting and wondering if Mr. Bolton was taking him down a path he did not want to go.
For a president who runs hot and cold on nearly all of his advisers, private carping may not mean that much. But in recent days, the disconnect between Mr. Trump and his national security adviser has spilled over into public, sowing confusion around the world about America’s foreign policy, particularly on matters of war and peace.
The disparity was on stark display during Mr. Trump’s four-day visit to Japan that ended Tuesday after he contradicted Mr. Bolton on high-stakes confrontations with both Iran and North Korea. The president declared that, unlike his national security adviser, he was not seeking regime change in Iran and he asserted that, contrary to what Mr. Bolton had said, recent North Korean missile tests did not violate United Nations resolutions.
In playing dove to Mr. Bolton’s hawk, Mr. Trump may be simply keeping adversaries off balance, as some backers maintained. But questions about his relationship with his chief foreign policy coordinator have profound implications for the president as he tries to manage standoffs in Asia, the Middle East and South America without alienating the United States’ allies….
This isn’t early 2017 when foreign leaders where tripping over themselves to get Donald Trump’s good graces…
A LOT of them have dug in their heels against Trump’s politics on trade and military actions….
The above linked piece appears to be a anti-Bolton piece planted in the NY Times…
It mentions that in fact Trump does NOT ‘like’ Bolton?
WTF did he pick the guy?
And if he feels Bolton is running his own shop and his Defense Sec, unlike Mattis can’t say ‘no’ to the guy?…Then why is John Bolton still employed at the Trump White House?