Donald Trump says: & I don't blame Kim Jong-un & # 39; because he & # 39; wants nothing to do with John Bolton & # 39 ;, because he is the fired & # 39; tough guy & # 39; remove a national security adviser after he got rid of it because he thought he was leaking
- Donald Trump hit John Bolton at an Oval Office meeting the day after he fired him as a national security adviser
- The president said he didn't blame North Korean leader Kim Jong Un & # 39; because he & # 39; wanted nothing to do with John Bolton & # 39;
- North Korean officials labeled Bolton a & # 39; war maniac & # 39;
- US officials have also claimed that he was the reason for the death of Trump and Kim & # 39; s second summit in Vietnam
- Trump and Bolton disagreed on various national security issues, which led to his final removal of the government on Tuesday
- Trump said Bolton's advocacy for the & # 39; Libya model & # 39; was the drop in North Korea
- Others claim that Trump was suspicious Bolton was the source of leaks, including one with the planned Taliban Peace Summit that fell apart at the weekend
Donald Trump on Wednesday destroyed former National Security Advisor John Bolton and mocked him as & # 39; Mr. tough guy & expose him as a reckless foreign policy hawk who crossed the swords with his colleagues & insulted foreign leaders.
The president fired Bolton on Tuesday after a number of clashes over US policy in Iran, Russia and Afghanistan. But it was his plea in April for a & # 39; Libya model & # 39; for dealing with North Korean denuclearization that Trump emphasized as the drop.
The US persuaded the Libyan strong man Muammar Gaddafi to give up his ambitions for nuclear and chemical weapons more than 15 years ago in exchange for relief from crippling economic sanctions.
Gaddafi abandoned weapons of mass destruction in 2003. Eight years later he was dead, overthrown by his domestic enemies in a vicious civil war.
& # 39; We had deteriorated greatly when John Bolton spoke about the Libyan model, & # 39; Trump told reporters on Wednesday in the Oval Office. & # 39; And he made a mistake as soon as he said that. The Libyan model! What a disaster. & # 39;
Donald Trump slapped his now departed National Security Advisor John Bolton, claiming he did not blame North Korean leader Kim Jong Un & # 39; that he didn't want to work with Bolton
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that his North Korean counterpart & # 39; wanted nothing to do with John Bolton & # 39;
Earlier, North Korean officials referred to Bolton as a & # 39; war maniac & # 39 ;, and some attribute the demise of the second Trump and Kim summit in Vietnam in February to Bolton
& # 39; I don't blame Kim Jong-un for what he said afterwards. And he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton, & the president added.
& # 39; And that is not a matter of being tough, that is a matter of not being smart to say such a thing. & # 39;
& # 39; That was not a good statement. See what happened to Gaddafi, & he said.
The president said the famous neoconservative brushy mustache also refused to find out his uncompromising policy of trade pressure on China.
& # 39; John was not in line with what we were doing. And he actually found it too difficult in some cases, & he explained.
Sources told CNN on Tuesday that another reason why Trump said goodbye to Bolton was a belief that he was trying to make him look bad after a planned Taliban peace stop in Camp David fell apart by leaking details of unraveling to reporters.
& # 39; There is much that Trump can take. Leak is not one, & the source said.
Bolton also clashed famously with finance minister Steve Mnuchin and state secretary Mike Pompeo. Both cabinet members wore a broad smile on Tuesday afternoon when they had asked questions from reporters.
The former U.N. ambassador was scheduled to take part in that briefing before Trump handed him his pink panties.
& # 39; He couldn't get along with people in the administration that I find very important & # 39 ;, Trump said Wednesday.
He announced that he has a short list of five candidates for the position of National Security Adviser who & # 39; very much want it & # 39; and & # 39; much more than that would like to have & # 39 ;.
The possible choices are & # 39; good people I have met over the past three years, and we will announce someone next week & # 39 ;, he said.
Three of Bolton's former ex-assistants to the National Security Council filed their resignation on Wednesday.
Garrett Marquis, Bolton's spokesperson, Sarah Tinsley, his communications director and planner Christine Samuelian resigned. The trio has been working for Bolton for years, also during his short presidential run in 2016.
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