After Rudy Giuliani and his associates, who remained the major elements in the ongoing impeachment trials, former National Security Advisor John Bolton has become the center of attention. The Democrats have called for him to appear under the oath in the president’s impeachment trial.
Bolton was ousted by Trump in September last year, amid fundamental disputes over the former’s handling of major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. He was the third national security advisor fired by Trump in the four years of his presidential tenure.
Bolton’s tweet, on September 10, brought a state of confusion among the leaders and media, who believed that he was fired by the president. The longtime Republican hawk known for his combative style, in his tweet, insisted that he had resigned on his own accord.
The fact that John Bolton tried to restrain the president from making unwise agreements with America’s enemies is somewhat true as the former spent much of his tenure re-considering and halting Trump’s actions, which he believed were inappropriate. Bolton’s militant approach is one such example of his intent to stop the ill-advised decisions, but was laughed off by the president. Trump, in meetings, stated that Bolton’s approach would take the US to more wars. The latter even tried to stop the president from signing a peace agreement at Camp David with leaders of the radical Taliban group.
It appears the divisive ideologies and views are still in minds even after the paths of both the president and former national security adviser have been separated. Trump, on Wednesday, said that the country would have been involved in “World War Six” if he had listened to John Bolton and accepted his way of handling things. He even charged Bolton’s upcoming book as “nasty and untrue” in his tweets, as the White House demanded changes in the book.
The announcement of World War Six caused huge commotion on social media and amongst the citizens, who feared thinking the worst case scenario. Trump’s message to the world has turned the once conservative icon to a backstabber. From hiring and praising John Bolton to denouncing him as the guy responsible for the future wars, Trump has surrounded Bolton with political hypocrisy.
Bolton’s forthcoming book “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir”, is another cause of concern for the Republicans as it asserts the fact that Trump sought to tie $391 million in security aid to Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. The case that such a book has existed for this long, poses a clear threat to the Republicans’ re-win in the upcoming presidential elections, since it clearly contradicts the president’s comments over Ukrainian dealings.
Meanwhile, the White House in a letter to Bolton’s lawyer, said the book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information,” and that it may not be published without that information being deleted. For sure, national security is the first and foremost priority of the government and release of the classified information is not in the benefit of the country.
Amid the growing concerns, some of the Republicans are ready to join the Democrats’ call of in-person testimony from John Bolton in the impeachment trial. And yet, such a decision would require 51 votes to pass.
The entire John Bolton play appears to have subsided the president’s impeachment calls. The latter’s comments that he has managed to avoid the World War Six by ousting Bolton has diverted all the attention from the main agenda behind.