John Bolton has been many things to many people in government over the years, but none have been so fruitful in terms of finding out about the inner machinations of the White House following his unceremonious departure and subsequent authorship of a “tell-all” book about his time there.
Having been such a secretive, faithful neoconservative of the Wolfowitz/Rumsfeld/Cheney tradition, one can only assume that the reason Bolton has been candid about his time serving Donald Trump as a national security adviser is that he feels no such loyalty to the 45th president.
I personally haven’t run out to purchase a copy of his book myself because I’m still angry that he was devoted enough to the GOP to refuse to testify in the impeachment trial against Trump. But it certainly is interesting at least picking up on the highlights of what Bolton has to say about the former casino magnate. And while much of it has been of the exposing-potentially-classified-material stuff, at least some has been finding out just what kind of president Trump has been in terms of job performance.
Asked by Margaret Brennan on CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday whether Trump’s thinking is more shaped by television or by advice from those he pays to give it, Bolton answered with a chuckle, as though it was an open secret where Donald Trump takes his orders from:
I think that if you could clock the amount of time that he’s spent actually in the Oval Office versus the amount of time he spends in the little dining room off the Oval Office with the cable news networks in one form or another on, it would be a very interesting statistic.”
That is a very damning statement, coming from someone who was absolutely in a position to evaluate that exact comparison. No one observes a president’s behavior more than their advisers or the Secret Service.
.@AmbJohnBolton tells @margbrennan “It would be a very interesting statistic,” if one were to “clock the amount of time” that @realDonaldTrump spends in the Oval Office and in his private dining room, where Bolton says Trump watches cable news pic.twitter.com/udQJpKLkF8
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 5, 2020
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