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Trump says Bolton a 'disaster' on North Korea, 'out of line' on Venezuela

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By Jeff Mason and David Brunnstrom

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that John Bolton, dismissed a day earlier as national security adviser, had been a "disaster" on North Korea policy, "out of line" on Venezuela, and did not get along with important administration officials.

Trump said Bolton had made mistakes, including offending North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un by demanding that he follow a"Libyan model" and hand over all his nuclear weapons.

"We were set back very badly when John Bolton talked about the Libyan model ... what a disaster," Trump told reporters at the White House.

"He's using that to make a deal with North Korea? And I don't blame Kim Jong Un for what he said after that, and he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. And that's not a question of being tough. That's a question of being not smart to say something like that."

Trump also said he disagreed with Bolton on Venezuela but offered no specifics. "I thought he was way out of line and I think I’ve proven to be right," the president said.

Trump said Bolton, with his abrasive, hardline approach,"wasn't getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important."

"John wasn't in line with what we were doing," he added.

Trump said he got along with Bolton and hoped they parted on good terms, but added: "Maybe we have and maybe we haven't. I have to run the country the way we're running the country."

Trump had been growing more impatient with the failure to oust socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro through a U.S.-led campaign of sanctions and diplomacy in which Bolton was a driving force.

Bolton was also a chief architect of the Trump administration's hardline policy on Iran.

Asked whether he would consider easing sanctions on Iran to secure a meeting with its leader President Hassan Rouhani at this month's U.N. General Assembly, Trump replied: “We’ll see what happens.” Bolton had opposed such a step.

North Korea has denounced Bolton as a "war maniac" and"human scum." Last year, it threatened to call off a first summit between Kim and Trump after Bolton suggested the Libya model of unilateral disarmament. In the past Bolton had proposed using military force to overthrow the country's ruling dynasty.

Trump's efforts to engage with North Korea nearly fell apart altogether in February after he followed Bolton's advice at a second summit in Hanoi and handed Kim a piece of paper that called for the transfer of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.

Trump announced he had fired Bolton a day after North Korea signaled a new willingness to resume stalled denuclearization talks, but it then proceeded with the latest in a spate of missile test launches.

Analysts say Bolton’s removal could help U.S. efforts to revive the talks but will not make it easier for Washington to persuade Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons.

Washington has given no indication so far that it will soften its demand for North Korea's ultimate denuclearization, even though with Bolton gone, the risky all-or-nothing gambit is unlikely to be repeated so bluntly.

"This change in personnel could carve out some space for new approaches or thinking about what defines success and how to achieve it," said Jenny Town at 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea project. "Whether it actually does or whether Bolton’s view was more deeply entrenched in U.S. thinking on this matter is yet to be seen."

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Donny demonstrating his loyalty be immediately disparaging former employees HE chose. What an absolute shocker! Wake me when there is real news like Donny acting presidential or going five minutes without lying.

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Too bad this article didn't quote more of Donny's schizophrenic statements about Bolton. Every time Donny opens his mouth he demonstrates how much of an imbecilic moron he is.

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and did not get along with important administration officials.

Meaning he didnt kiss the right butts!

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There's a mini civil war in the US government.

Trump vs. the warmongering deepstate.

Trump is winning and the world is better for it.

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There's a mini civil war in the US government.

Trump vs. the warmongering deepstate.

Trump is winning

There's a min civil war in the Republican base.

Reality vs the delusions they believe.

The delusions are winning.

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and did not get along with important administration officials.

Trump's admin is a bucket of snakes, probably biting each other more as they're left unattended while Trump plays golf, watches Fox and Friends - plus Gorilla TV, looks after his family's investments, and sends tweets to celebrities.

And a reality in any large organization, when the leader spends little time in office, sets no clear goals, is erratic, has poor communication skills, flip-flops and outright lies, the snakes get nastier.

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And that's not a question of being tough.

The key is the weird reference to "toughness." The root of the disagreement was that Bolton wanted to start wars and bomb countries beyond what even Trump could stomach...and yet Trumpy can't let it be seen that he fired someone for being tougher than himself. So he's trying to make it sound like Bolton was too tough in some ways, not tough enough in others, or the "wrong kind" of tough. Or something.

Nobody can be tougher than Trump, by his own definition...and it was Bolton's notoriously "tough" (i.e. mindlessly belligerent) views that initially endeared him to Trump...and yet those same "tough" views finally forced Trump to get rid of him.... It's quite a quandary for the moron to make sense of.

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There's a mini civil war in the US government.

In fairness, there always has been one. The US State Department has always had experts - it has attracted many of the best and the brightest - who are pro-war, those who are anti-war, and those in-between. Every federal agency has always had variations on that 'civil war' fitting their respective missions. They have long 'fought' the others.

Previous presidents have listened to all voices, read the reports, weighed the info, but tended to lean one way or the other based on their beliefs.

Who knows what Trump actually believes beyond finding ways to get richer while in office.

One problem with Trump is he's too lazy to deal with issues at any level of complexity, instead trusts his uninformed gut - or sides with the highest bidder. Trump's made the 'civil wars' worse. Much to the delight of the global alt right, Putin and Xi.

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There's a mini civil war in the US government.

Normal. In contrast to totalitarian states like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea etc. where any who disagree with the despot are out of work. Or worse.

Democracies and their institutions are always messy.

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Another one gone (well, actually 4, since 3 Bolton "employees also resigned).

And of course Trump is blaming all his mistakes on others.

He never does anything wrong! He knows everything! He's so smart"!

The man should finally listen to those who got the knowledge, the experience!

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Bolton called his former boss a LIAR.

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My post from yesterday:

Perhaps this will give Trump a chance to reverse some of his positions since he can just blame Bolton. Here's to hoping.

This is a good thing.

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And a familiar pattern continues....

When hired: Only the best....brilliant and experienced....none better.....

When fired: A disaster.....out of line.....war monger.....nut-job....

If only the deluded would realize the only nut-job is the one at the top....

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There's a min civil war in the Republican base.

I'm unwilling to have someone who lies more than they tell the truth in office.

I didn't vote FOR President Trump, but honestly thought he would become "presidential", magically, on Jan 20th, like every other President before him the last 200+ yrs did.

As a non-religious, fiscal conservative, strict Constitutional interpreter, there isn't any political organization that represents my wishes in the USA. I don't need the Ten Commandments, but the getting 3 of The Five Precepts in Buddhism would be nice.

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Donny demonstrating his loyalty be immediately disparaging former employees HE chose. 

And if he didn't say anything you'd be saying he's being secretive.

Bolton called his former boss a LIAR.

Since Bolton's a LIAR that must mean Trump isn't a LIAR.

Perhaps this will give Trump a chance to reverse some of his positions since he can just blame Bolton. Here's to hoping.

This is a good thing.

Bolton didn't make foreign policy, Trump did. I keep tellin y'all he was keeping him on a tight leash.

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I didn't vote FOR President Trump, but honestly thought he would become "presidential", magically, on Jan 20th, like every other President before him the last 200+ yrs did.

I hoped he would myself. It almost looked like he would for a bit too... but then his inner troll won out.

As a non-religious, fiscal conservative, strict Constitutional interpreter, there isn't any political organization that represents my wishes in the USA.

That's sad. The reasonable Republicans need a new party that represents their needs. Someone that the Democrats can work together with to truly represent the will of the people, with whom they can also work together against the extremists who have taken over the Republican party in the past decades.

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I didn't vote FOR President Trump, but honestly thought he would become "presidential", magically, on Jan 20th, like every other President before him the last 200+ yrs did.

I hoped he would myself. It almost looked like he would for a bit too... but then his inner troll won out.

Heck, even CNN was praising Trump on his SOTU speeches as "presidential."

And I'll take a NPC president who gets things done for the American people over a more "presidential" one who doesn't any day.

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And how about you, Mr. President? Revealing secrets to the Russians in the Oval Office. Secret meetings with Putin and CIA spies running for cover because they don't trust you. As bad as Bolton may have been, he looks a lot better when it comes to being able to distinguish friend from foe.

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Trump called Bolton a disaster, Bolton called Trump a liar.

Must be refreshing for both of them to speak Truth for once.

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Whatever the reasons and who's calling who a liar. Bolton is out and it's good. He was definitely pushing for war with his Iran obsession and vendetta.

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North Korea has denounced Bolton as a "war maniac" and"human scum."

This made my day!

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Heck, even CNN was praising Trump on his SOTU speeches as "presidential."

Written by Kelly and Mattis (both gone) and delivered like a robot - everyone knows Donnie didn't believe a word he was reading....

And I'll take a NPC president who gets things done for the American people over a more "presidential" one who doesn't any day.

Swap Russian for American and you hit the nail on the head....

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North Korea is definitely NOT the Libya of northeast Asia and "Dear Comarade K.J." is not as stupid as Colonel Gaddafi! North Korea has nuclear arms and she is not a banana state! also Donny admires "k.J."'s North Korean style society, he wants everyone in the U.S. to admires him like the North Koreans to the Kim's dynasty, he wants a Trump tower stood in the downtown of Pyongyang! Donny also wants a platoon of bodyguards marching along sides of his caravan during his overseas visiting, he likes the "North Korean Style" leadership!  The above were what John Bolton has failed to acknowledge and keep his daily rhetoric of yelling bomb this country, bomb that country, topple this guy and that guy....! that's why he got FIRED!

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