EP 483: Ambassador John Bolton

July 13, 2020

Ambassador John Bolton reveals what he witnessed during his 17 tumultuous months as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.  Bolton shares how he reacted to Trump’s eagerness to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, why the second North Korea summit was so hastily put together, and what took place behind closed doors in Trump’s infamous one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.  He says the President rarely ever reads and recalls his frustrations at trying to educate a Trump about history and foreign policy.  We talk about President Trump’s bizarre obsession with authoritarian strongmen, his overall lack of interest in advancing freedom and human rights, and the numerous times Bolton considered resigning.  Plus Ambassador Bolton weighs in on whether he thinks Trump would willingly step down if defeated in the November election.

 

Order John Bolton's new book The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Follow him on Twitter at @AmbJohnBolton.

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