President Donald Trump is sick with National Security Adviser John Bolton and gets him under the spell of his house while the aggressive advisor reassures supporters from the Middle East that the US does not want a war with Iran.
Trump grumbled about Bolton in private at his golf club in Florida, with advisers and even with mega-donor Sheldon Adelson – the conservative casino owner who supports Bolton, The New York Times revealed.
The reports of the tense relationship are because Bolton is attending an emergency meeting of Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, where the adviser – who has previously argued for harsh treatment of Iran – reassured the allies that the US & # 39; responsible & # 39; when it comes to Tehran.
President Donald Trump has been banned from National Security Adviser John Bolton
National Security Adviser John Bolton is now in the Middle East following Trump's softer tone on Iran
The White House tries to be cautious and responsible & # 39; in an effort to avoid war with Tehran, Bolton said.
"The point is to make it clear to Iran and its surrogates that these types of actions risk a very strong reaction from the United States," he noted.
Bolton's words echoed the softer tone of the president about Iran.
In Japan, Trump played tensions with Tehran, which have been building up since the President had withdrawn the US from a 2015 multinational nuclear pact with Iran and re-imposed sanctions.
& # 39; I think we will close a deal & # 39; with Iran, Trump said. & # 39; We are not looking for regime change. I want to make that clear. We are not looking for nuclear weapons. & # 39;
His words were seen as a contradiction with earlier positions advocated by Bolton.
And it was seen as another example of how the president's private conscience about his adviser has been skipped into the public, sewing seeds of confusion over US foreign policy.
Bolton, who joined the administration in April last year, replaced Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster in orbit and was a well-known war hawk with harsh views on North Korea and Iran – heavier views than Trump.
While Bolton figured out how to inform Trump more effectively than McMaster – he never connected to him in a personal way, a move that ultimately hurt both McMaster and Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson, who were fired from their positions in administration.
The president is not fond of his national security adviser, told half a dozen advisers and employees The timesand he makes no secret of it in private.
He even mocked Bolton's hawkish reputation and suggested that he restrain his adviser.
National security adviser John Bolton has not developed a personal relationship with the president, assistants say
The lack of a personal relationship with Trump also caused the former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (left) and former Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson (right), who were fired because of their positions in the administration.
& # 39; If it were up to John, we would be in four wars now & # 39 ;, a senior official quoted the president.
And he has begun conducting informal surveys on how Bolton is doing – a step he takes when he harasses a consultant as part of the quick consideration of whether or not to change staff.
At an April meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump pulled Adelson aside to ask him how he thought Bolton was doing. Adelson told him that if Trump was happy, he was happy, the newspaper reported.
The situation with Bolton was described by some as similar to what happened with Tillerson – although it eventually took the president six months to dismiss his then state secretary via tweet.
It is also uncertain whether Trump would make a major personnel change – instead of Bolton he would put him on his fourth national security adviser in four years – before the 2020 elections.
The first public cracks in the Trump / Bolton relationship appeared during the President's state visit to Japan, where Trump Bolton contradicted the testing of ballistic missiles by North Korea.
Bolton told reporters that & # 39; no doubt & # 39; the rocket tests in North Korea were in conflict with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
President Donald Trump broke the ranking with Bolton during his trip to Japan; he can be seen here with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
US trade representative Robert Lighthizer (left), National Security Adviser John Bolton (center) and White House secretary, Sarah Sanders (right) traveled to Japan with Trump
But Trump tweeted that he was not & # 39; disturbed & # 39; was through the tests.
& # 39; North Korea has fired some small weapons, which has disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I am confident that President Kim will keep his promise to me, & he wrote.
And he went even further at a press conference there.
& # 39; My people think it might have been a violation, as you know, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; I see it differently. I consider it a man – maybe he wants attention, and maybe not. Who knows? It does not matter. & # 39;
The president also objected to sending more troops to the Middle East to fight threats from Iran – another Bolton problem – and is dissatisfied with the results of Bolton & # 39; s work in the campaign to help President Nicolás Maduro from Venezuela.
Others claim that Trump is sending another message to keep opponents out of balance.
In return, Bolton was frustrated by Trump's unwillingness to argue for more change in the Middle East, the times reported.
He also clashed with the Pentagon under the then Secretary of Defense James Mattis. In addition, his National Security Council has had a skirmish with State Secretary Mike Pompeo and his department.
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