President Trump sat down for an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller and of course the conversation was about John Bolton, whose book of tall tales is set for release on Tuesday. Trump referred to two conversations he had with John Bolton that convinced him that the man is totally nuts.
Trump admits that he knew Bolton was a warmonger but he hired him so that he would get both sides of the arguments when making national security decisions. Of course, anyone that has observed Bolton over time realizes that he is a big proponent of war and any advice he would give any president would be laced with the sound of war drums.
Bolton has made some wild claims and people who were in on the meetings with Trump and Bolton say he is an outright liar. That's something else that you would have picked up on had you paid attention to him over the years.
The first conversation was after Bolton discussed using the Libyan model on nNorth Korea:
TRUMP: He made a serious statement. I said, ‘now what does that mean, the Libyan model?’ To me it means one thing. Gaddafi was taken over by a mob, dumped into a sewer, shot a hundred and twenty-eight times, and pissed on.
DAILY CALLER: After he was shot by a NATO aircraft.
TRUMP: Add that to it.
DAILY CALLER: What precipitated Gaddafi getting grabbed by the mob was NATO shooting him with a drone.
TRUMP: I didn’t know that. Well, add that to it. So, Bolton is on television, and I have a good relationship with Kim Jung Un, and I have a representative, right, saying this. Believe me, it was a very bad statement, that you know they put out a statement right after. I said, ‘maybe they didn’t see it.’ They did. About five minutes later, they put out a very strong statement and then right after that I was with him and said, ‘why did you make that statement?’ He said, ‘I wasn’t referring,’ and I said, ‘there’s only one thing you can refer to.’
The second conversation was over Bolton's support for the Iraq War:
“I said, ‘so going into the Middle East was that a good thing or a bad thing?’” Trump recounted to the Caller. “He said, ‘I think it was a good thing,’ I said, ‘you cannot be serious about that.’ It’s the most tragic mistake our country ever made.”
Daily Caller will be publishing additional selections from the interview with the president in the coming days.