A new memoir from President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton is clearly getting on the president’s nerves. In that memoir, Bolton insists that Trump’s infamous attempts to get along with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were mostly just for show, indicating that the president never appeared interested in prioritizing substantive concessions from the country. On Twitter early Thursday morning, Trump belligerently proclaimed that supposedly, Bolton is the one who fumbled when it came to North Korea. This embarassingly bellicose ranting is the best that the president’s got to offer, apparently.
At one point, Trump even seems to suggest that he supports the aggression of North Korea when it’s in response to something that one of his domestic political opponents — Bolton, in this case — did. That’s not a great look for a president of the United States!
‘When Wacko John Bolton went on Deface the Nation and so stupidly said that he looked at the “Libyan Model” for North Korea, all hell broke out. Kim Jong Un, who we were getting along with very well, went “ballistic”, just like his missiles – and rightfully so. He didn’t want Bolton anywhere near him. Bolton’s dumbest of all statements set us back very badly with North Korea, even now. I asked him, “what the hell were you thinking?” He had no answer and just apologized. That was early on, I should have fired him right then & there!’
….He didn’t want Bolton anywhere near him. Bolton’s dumbest of all statements set us back very badly with North Korea, even now. I asked him, “what the hell were you thinking?” He had no answer and just apologized. That was early on, I should have fired him right then & there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
Trump keeps ranting about Bolton and failing to account for why he kept him around for so long if the former national security adviser was really so terrible.
Mr. President, you hired him.
• Manafort: in prison
• Cohen: in prison
• Papadopoulos: in prison
• Stone: in prison
• Gates: in prison
All the “very best” people you hire are in prison or trying to give evidence of crimes you committed. https://t.co/W6UHV83m7f
— Ethan Somers (@ethanjsomers) June 18, 2020
A laughably ridiculous implication of the president’s latest Twitter meltdown is that he himself had some kind of systematically effective plan for dealing with North Korea. He had no such plan. In fact, according to Bolton’s book, Trump’s “plan” got so ridiculous that for months, he was privately trying to get a copy pf Elton John’s album Rocket Man delivered to the North Korean leader, as if this is all some kind of big game to the useless excuse for a president otherwise known as Donald Trump.
:: Trump kept trying to give Kim Jong-un an autographed copy of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ on CD.
(Because of the nickname)
:: Some of the gifts Trump wanted to give Kim broke his own government’s sanctions on North Korea
[*all according to reports of Bolton book]
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) June 17, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below: