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Bolton says Trump rhetoric shows he’s ‘fundamentally ignorant’ about national security

Former President Trump’s rhetoric shows that he’s “fundamentally ignorant” about national security, his ex-national security adviser John Bolton said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Bolton, who has repeatedly blasted Trump since leaving the administration, was reacting to a clip of Trump’s speech where the former president was questioning Europe’s funding of the Ukraine military and the U.S.’s long-term future with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

“it reveals an important trait about Trump on national security issues and many others,” Bolton said Thursday morning. “He’s fundamentally ignorant, and he really doesn’t care about the facts. He thinks international relations are about personal relations, which is a line and approach that I can tell you, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are eagerly looking forward to.” 

Bolton, who is promoting a new edition of his memoir, voiced a similar warning in August, saying that Trump threatens the U.S. relationship with NATO.

“In a second Trump term, we’d almost certainly withdraw from NATO,” Bolton said.

On Wednesday, Bolton said that world leaders think of Trump as a “laughing fool.” The day before, Bolton, who served in his White House in 2018 and 2019, said that Trump is a selfish man seeking retribution against his enemies. 

On Thursday, Bolton talked up former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump’s rival in the GOP primary, saying that she can “carry the banner” for people who are skeptical of the Republican Party nominating Trump.

Bolton hopes that Haley, who is currently trailing Trump in the South Carolina primary by 32.3 percent according to a polling index by Truth Puke/Decision Desk HQ, would be able to stay in the race until the 2024 Republican National Convention in July. He also predicted that if Trump is at the top of the GOP ticket, it will hurt Republicans in the House and Senate races. 

“Well, I would advise her [Haley], I hope she would stay in until the convention and carry the banner for anybody who doesn’t want Trump,” Bolton said.

“A meteor might yet strike the earth, that’s possible. It’s possible there’ll be an event in one of these criminal prosecutions that would really wake a lot of people up until the convention in August. I just don’t think that we should surrender in effect to Trump. And I think this has a significant impact on the Senate and House elections this year as well,” he said.

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