John Bolton, who was fired last week from Donald Trump’s security adviser post, strongly criticized the US president’s foreign policy yesterday during a private luncheon, saying the Taliban’s invitation to Kabul sent a “horrible message” and was “disrespectful” to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as the Taliban had offered refuge in al-Qaeda, according to Politico.
The report, citing two attendees at the luncheon, stresses that Bolton has said any negotiations with North Korea and Iran are “doomed to fail”. The only thing North Koreans and Iranians want is to negotiate a relaxation of sanctions to support their economies, the former US foreign policy adviser and foreign policy hawk, told a guest at a Gaston conservative think tank meeting.
He spoke about Trump several times, without mentioning his name said one in attendance to Politico. Bolton did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Politico. The former national security adviser has repeatedly pointed out that Trump’s failure to respond to an Iranian attack on an American drone earlier this summer has paved the way for Islamic Republic aggression in recent months.
At one point, Bolton, a former president of Gatestone, claimed that if the US had taken revenge for the drone’s downing, Iran might not have hit the oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Last Saturday’s attack was, by definition, an “act of war”. Following the June shooting down by Iranian forces of the US unmanned aerial vehicle near the Strait of Hormuz, President Trump ordered airstrikes against Iranian positions in retaliation, an order which he canceled shortly before it happened.
At lunch yesterday, Bolton said those planned retaliations had gone through the process and claimed that everyone at the White House had agreed to an airstrike for retaliation. But at the last-minute the supreme authority, without telling anyone, decided not to do so, according to the former national security adviser explained. Yesterday, the Republican president announced that he had chosen the US hostage situation negotiator Robert O’Brien to replace hard-core John Bolton as national security adviser.