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18 YEARS ALMOST TO THE MINUTE THAT THE FIRST PLANE STRUCK THE THAT THE FIRST PLANE STRUCK THE TWIN TOWERS. TWIN TOWERS. AND NOW, NEARLY TWO DECADES AND NOW, NEARLY TWO DECADES LATER, THE UNITED STATES IS LATER, THE UNITED STATES IS FACING FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES FACING FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES ON MULTIPLE FRONTS, FROM PLACES ON MULTIPLE FRONTS, FROM PLACES LIKE IRAN, NEW YORK, RUSSIA, AND LIKE IRAN, NEW YORK, RUSSIA, AND CHINA, AND WITH JOHN BOLTON NOW CHINA, AND WITH JOHN BOLTON NOW LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE, THERE LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE, THERE ARE HUGE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW WE ARE HUGE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW WE WILL CONFRONT ALL OF THESE WILL CONFRONT ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES. CHALLENGES. AS WE SPEAK, WE ARE WAITING FOR AS WE SPEAK, WE ARE WAITING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE HIS PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE HIS NEW PICK TO BECOME THE FOURTH NEW PICK TO BECOME THE FOURTH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS. LESS THAN THREE YEARS. THAT IS MORE THAN ANY OTHER THAT IS MORE THAN ANY OTHER FIRST-TERM PRESIDENT IN U.S. FIRST-TERM PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY. HISTORY. BUT WHILE HIS DEPARTURE BUT WHILE HIS DEPARTURE ILLUSTRATES THE CHAOS AND ILLUSTRATES THE CHAOS AND INFIGHTING OF THIS INFIGHTING OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, MOST AMERICANS ADMINISTRATION, MOST AMERICANS ARE PROBABLY GOING TO LET THAT ARE PROBABLY GOING TO LET THAT SLIDE, AS LONG AS THE PRESIDENT SLIDE, AS LONG AS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TEAM ARE ABLE TO KEEP AND HIS TEAM ARE ABLE TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE. THIS COUNTRY SAFE. I HAVE A FANTASTIC TEAM HERE. I HAVE A FANTASTIC TEAM HERE. CAROL LEE HAS BRAND-NEW, CAROL LEE HAS BRAND-NEW, EXCLUSIVE REPORTING ABOUT HOW EXCLUSIVE REPORTING ABOUT HOW JOHN BOLTON’S DEPARTURE JOHN BOLTON’S DEPARTURE UNFOLDED. UNFOLDED. BEN RHODES SERVED AS DEPUTY BEN RHODES SERVED AS DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. PRESIDENT OBAMA. NICK RASMUSSEN WAS DIRECTOR OF NICK RASMUSSEN WAS DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CENTER UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. BEFORE THAT, HE SERVED ON BEFORE THAT, HE SERVED ON PRESIDENT BUSH’S NATIONAL PRESIDENT BUSH’S NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, JOINING IT SECURITY COUNCIL, JOINING IT LESS THAN ONE WEEK AFTER THE LESS THAN ONE WEEK AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS. 9/11 ATTACKS. BEN, LET’S START WITH YOU. BEN, LET’S START WITH YOU. YOU HAVE BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF YOU HAVE BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF THE PRESIDENT’S FOREIGN POLICY, THE PRESIDENT’S FOREIGN POLICY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT HAS NOW BEEN 18 YEARS WITHOUT HAS NOW BEEN 18 YEARS WITHOUT ANOTHER MAJOR ATTACK ON THE ANOTHER MAJOR ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES. UNITED STATES. AS LONG AS THAT REMAINS THE AS LONG AS THAT REMAINS THE CASE, DO MOST AMERICANS CARE CASE, DO MOST AMERICANS CARE ABOUT HOW MANY NATIONAL SECURITY ABOUT HOW MANY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS THE PRESIDENT GOES ADVISERS THE PRESIDENT GOES THROUGH, OR IS IT JUST ABOUT THROUGH, OR IS IT JUST ABOUT THEM STAYING SAFE? THEM STAYING SAFE?>>WELL, STEPHANIE, FIRST OF>>WELL, STEPHANIE, FIRST OF ALL, OBVIOUSLY, THE TOP PRIORITY ALL, OBVIOUSLY, THE TOP PRIORITY FOR ANYBODY SITTING IN ANY OF FOR ANYBODY SITTING IN ANY OF THE JOBS THAT NICK AND I HAD IS THE JOBS THAT NICK AND I HAD IS KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE. KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE. I THINK AMERICANS ALSO CARE, I THINK AMERICANS ALSO CARE, OBVIOUSLY, ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT OBVIOUSLY, ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE’RE IMMERSED IN WARS OVERSEAS. WE’RE IMMERSED IN WARS OVERSEAS. THOSE HAVE OBVIOUSLY BECOME THOSE HAVE OBVIOUSLY BECOME UNPOPULAR OVER THE LAST 18 YEARS UNPOPULAR OVER THE LAST 18 YEARS WITH AFGHANISTAN AND THEN IRAQ. WITH AFGHANISTAN AND THEN IRAQ. AND RIGHT NOW, IT’S AT A SENSE AND RIGHT NOW, IT’S AT A SENSE THAT WE MAY BE SLIDING IN THE THAT WE MAY BE SLIDING IN THE DIRECTION OF CONFLICT WITH AN DIRECTION OF CONFLICT WITH AN IRAN, OR THAT WE’RE IN AN IRAN, OR THAT WE’RE IN AN ESCALATING TRADE WAR WITH CHINA ESCALATING TRADE WAR WITH CHINA THAT REALLY DOES HURT AMERICANS THAT REALLY DOES HURT AMERICANS AT THEIR POCKETBOOKS, RIGHT? AT THEIR POCKETBOOKS, RIGHT? SO, EVEN THOUGH WE’RE NOT SO, EVEN THOUGH WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT TERRORIST ATTACKS, TALKING ABOUT TERRORIST ATTACKS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER, ISSUES OF WAR AND REALLY MATTER, ISSUES OF WAR AND PEACE ABROAD, ISSUES OF HOW OUR PEACE ABROAD, ISSUES OF HOW OUR GLOBAL ECONOMY’S GOING TO BE GLOBAL ECONOMY’S GOING TO BE MANAGED, ISSUES OF AMERICA’S MANAGED, ISSUES OF AMERICA’S STANDING IN THE WORLD. STANDING IN THE WORLD. AND I THINK AMERICANS, ONE OF AND I THINK AMERICANS, ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE SO PROUD THE THINGS WE WERE SO PROUD ABOUT AFTER 9/11 WAS HOW THE ABOUT AFTER 9/11 WAS HOW THE WORLD RALLIED AROUND US. WORLD RALLIED AROUND US. AND I THINK THERE IS REAL AND I THINK THERE IS REAL CONCERN ABOUT AN AMERICA THAT IS CONCERN ABOUT AN AMERICA THAT IS NOT RESPECTED IN THE SAME WAY AS NOT RESPECTED IN THE SAME WAY AS IT HAS BEEN IN PAST YEARS UNDER IT HAS BEEN IN PAST YEARS UNDER THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. SO, THERE ARE REAL CHALLENGES SO, THERE ARE REAL CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT WHOEVER OCCUPIES THAT CONFRONT WHOEVER OCCUPIES THAT JOB. THAT JOB. AND EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT AND EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT OCCUPY THE ATTENTION OF OCCUPY THE ATTENTION OF AMERICANS EVERY DAY, IT MATTERS AMERICANS EVERY DAY, IT MATTERS IF YOU HAVE THIS LEVEL OF IF YOU HAVE THIS LEVEL OF DYSFUNCTION, THIS LEVEL OF DYSFUNCTION, THIS LEVEL OF TURNOVER, THIS FACT THAT OTHER TURNOVER, THIS FACT THAT OTHER COUNTRIES DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO COUNTRIES DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE KEY PERSON IS TO CALL IN THE THE KEY PERSON IS TO CALL IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AT THIS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AT THIS POINT, GIVEN HOW MUCH THERE’S POINT, GIVEN HOW MUCH THERE’S BEEN THIS KIND OF REVOLVING DOOR BEEN THIS KIND OF REVOLVING DOOR THERE. THERE. SO AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS A VERY SO AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS A VERY UNCERTAIN TIME WITH MANY UNCERTAIN TIME WITH MANY DIFFERENT BALLS IN THE AIR, MANY DIFFERENT BALLS IN THE AIR, MANY DIFFERENT INTERNATIONAL CRISES DIFFERENT INTERNATIONAL CRISES THAT HAVE YET TO BE RESOLVED, THAT HAVE YET TO BE RESOLVED, AND A LACK OF CLARITY COMING AND A LACK OF CLARITY COMING FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION ABOUT FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION ABOUT HOW THEY’RE GOING TO DEAL WITH HOW THEY’RE GOING TO DEAL WITH THOSE ISSUES OF ENDING A WAR IN THOSE ISSUES OF ENDING A WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, AVOIDING A WAR WITH AFGHANISTAN, AVOIDING A WAR WITH IRAN, AND DE-ESCALATING A TRADE IRAN, AND DE-ESCALATING A TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. WAR WITH CHINA.>>THERE’S ALSO REAL THREATS AND>>THERE’S ALSO REAL THREATS AND CHALLENGES THAT DON’T JUST COME CHALLENGES THAT DON’T JUST COME IN THE FORM OF HIJACKED PLANES. IN THE FORM OF HIJACKED PLANES. NICK, YOU KNOW BETTER THAN I DO, NICK, YOU KNOW BETTER THAN I DO, YOU’VE GOT CYBERSECURITY, YOU’VE YOU’VE GOT CYBERSECURITY, YOU’VE GOT DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGNS. GOT DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGNS. WE HAVE SEEN THESE ISSUES WE HAVE SEEN THESE ISSUES REALTIME OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF REALTIME OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. YEARS. SO, FOR THOSE WHO ARGUE, WE ARE SO, FOR THOSE WHO ARGUE, WE ARE SAFE, WE HAVEN’T SEEN A 9/11 IN SAFE, WE HAVEN’T SEEN A 9/11 IN 18 YEARS, WHAT DO YOU SAY TO 18 YEARS, WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THEM? THEM?>>WELL, I SAY A COUPLE OF>>WELL, I SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS, STEPHANIE. THINGS, STEPHANIE. FIRST OF ALL, OUR DEFENSES ARE FIRST OF ALL, OUR DEFENSES ARE MUCH STRONGER THAN THEY WERE AT MUCH STRONGER THAN THEY WERE AT THE TIME OF 9/11. THE TIME OF 9/11. WE ARE MUCH MORE CAPABLE OF WE ARE MUCH MORE CAPABLE OF DEFENDING OURSELVES, GOING ON DEFENDING OURSELVES, GOING ON THE OFFENSE, WHEN NECESSARY, BUT THE OFFENSE, WHEN NECESSARY, BUT ALSO THE ARRAY OF DEFENSIVE ALSO THE ARRAY OF DEFENSIVE MEASURES WE’VE ERECTED IN THE MEASURES WE’VE ERECTED IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY ENTERPRISE HOMELAND SECURITY ENTERPRISE SINCE 9/11. SINCE 9/11. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, AS BEN BUT AT THE SAME TIME, AS BEN POINTS OUT, AND AS YOUR QUESTION POINTS OUT, AND AS YOUR QUESTION POINTS OUT, THAT THREAT POINTS OUT, THAT THREAT LANDSCAPE THAT WE FACE IS A LANDSCAPE THAT WE FACE IS A WHOLE LOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN WHOLE LOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT WAS AT THE TIME OF 9/11. IT WAS AT THE TIME OF 9/11. WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT A WE’RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT A SMALL HANDFUL OF AL QAEDA SMALL HANDFUL OF AL QAEDA OPERATIVES TRYING TO PENETRATE OPERATIVES TRYING TO PENETRATE THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A SUNNI WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A SUNNI JIHADIST ELEMENT THAT GROWS IN JIHADIST ELEMENT THAT GROWS IN NUMBER YEAR AFTER YEAR AND THAT NUMBER YEAR AFTER YEAR AND THAT WE ACTUALLY FACE FOUR TIMES AS WE ACTUALLY FACE FOUR TIMES AS MANY GLOBAL TERRORISTS, YOU MANY GLOBAL TERRORISTS, YOU MIGHT SAY, AS WE DID AT THE TIME MIGHT SAY, AS WE DID AT THE TIME OF 9/11, ACCORDING TO A RECENT OF 9/11, ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY DONE BY CSIS. STUDY DONE BY CSIS. SO, AGAIN, THIS SPEAKS TO WHAT SO, AGAIN, THIS SPEAKS TO WHAT BEN POINTED OUT ABOUT THE BEN POINTED OUT ABOUT THE DYSFUNCTION OF OUR NATIONAL DYSFUNCTION OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERSHIP AT THIS SECURITY LEADERSHIP AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME. PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME. WE HAVE THUS FAR NOT HAD THAT WE HAVE THUS FAR NOT HAD THAT CRISIS MOMENT IN THIS CRISIS MOMENT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, BUT I FEAR THAT ADMINISTRATION, BUT I FEAR THAT IF IT COMES, WE WON’T BE AS WELL IF IT COMES, WE WON’T BE AS WELL POSTURED FOR THAT CRISIS MOMENT POSTURED FOR THAT CRISIS MOMENT AS WE SHOULD BE. AS WE SHOULD BE.>>LET’S DIG DEEPER INTO THE>>LET’S DIG DEEPER INTO THE PRESIDENT AND JOHN BOLTON. PRESIDENT AND JOHN BOLTON. PETER BAKER, CHIEF WHITE HOUSE PETER BAKER, CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR “THE NEW YORK CORRESPONDENT FOR “THE NEW YORK TIMES,” HIS STORY ON JOHN BOLTON TIMES,” HIS STORY ON JOHN BOLTON IS TODAY’S MUST-READ FRONT-PAGE IS TODAY’S MUST-READ FRONT-PAGE STORY. STORY. PETER, WE HAVE SPENT THE LAST PETER, WE HAVE SPENT THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS TALKING ABOUT SEVERAL YEARS TALKING ABOUT WHETHER THE PEOPLE AROUND WHETHER THE PEOPLE AROUND PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD KEEP HIM PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD KEEP HIM FROM ACTING ON HIS WORST FROM ACTING ON HIS WORST INSTINCTS, BUT IN THIS CASE, IT INSTINCTS, BUT IN THIS CASE, IT WAS JOHN BOLTON, NOT THE WAS JOHN BOLTON, NOT THE PRESIDENT, WHO IS THE ONE PRESIDENT, WHO IS THE ONE PUSHING FOR MORE CONFLICT, NOT PUSHING FOR MORE CONFLICT, NOT LESS. LESS. AND I WANT TO SHARE WHAT THE AND I WANT TO SHARE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT HIM BACK IN PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT HIM BACK IN MAY. MAY.>>JOHN IS A — HE HAS STRONG>>JOHN IS A — HE HAS STRONG VIEWS ON THINGS, BUT THAT’S VIEWS ON THINGS, BUT THAT’S OKAY. OKAY. I ACTUALLY TEMPER JOHN, WHICH IS I ACTUALLY TEMPER JOHN, WHICH IS PRETTY AMAZING, ISN’T IT? PRETTY AMAZING, ISN’T IT? NOBODY THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING NOBODY THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING TO — I’M THE ONE THAT TEMPERS TO — I’M THE ONE THAT TEMPERS HIM. HIM. BUT THAT’S OKAY. BUT THAT’S OKAY. JOHN BOLTON IS ABSOLUTELY A JOHN BOLTON IS ABSOLUTELY A HAWK. HAWK. IF IT WAS UP TO HIM, HE’D TAKE IF IT WAS UP TO HIM, HE’D TAKE ON THE WHOLE WORLD AT ONE TIME, ON THE WHOLE WORLD AT ONE TIME, OKAY? OKAY?>>SO, NO MATTER WHAT ELSE YOU>>SO, NO MATTER WHAT ELSE YOU THINK ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP, THINK ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP, DOES THE PRESIDENT DESERVE DOES THE PRESIDENT DESERVE CREDIT, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, CREDIT, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, FOR TRYING TO KEEP US OUT OF FOR TRYING TO KEEP US OUT OF MORE WARS WHICH JOHN BOLTON MORE WARS WHICH JOHN BOLTON WOULD BE INCLINED TO DO THE WOULD BE INCLINED TO DO THE OPPOSITE? OPPOSITE? PETER? PETER?>>WELL, IT’S AN INTERESTING>>WELL, IT’S AN INTERESTING CONUNDRUM, RIGHT, BECAUSE YOU’VE CONUNDRUM, RIGHT, BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT THIS PRESIDENT WHO SPEAKS GOT THIS PRESIDENT WHO SPEAKS WITH GREAT ABOUT THE WORLD. WITH GREAT ABOUT THE WORLD. A COUPLE WEEKS AGO HE SAID HE A COUPLE WEEKS AGO HE SAID HE COULD WIPE OUT AFGHANISTAN, KILL COULD WIPE OUT AFGHANISTAN, KILL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, CONTEMPLATING GENOCIDE, ALTHOUGH CONTEMPLATING GENOCIDE, ALTHOUGH HE SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO DO HE SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO DO THAT. THAT. HE TALKS A BIG GAME, SOMETIMES HE TALKS A BIG GAME, SOMETIMES AN APOCALYPTIC GAME THAT WOULD AN APOCALYPTIC GAME THAT WOULD SEEM VERY SCARY, VERY RATTLING SEEM VERY SCARY, VERY RATTLING FOR THE WORLD. FOR THE WORLD. AND YET AT THE SAME TIME, OF AND YET AT THE SAME TIME, OF COURSE, HE CAME INTO OFFICE COURSE, HE CAME INTO OFFICE PROMISING TO END AMERICA’S PROMISING TO END AMERICA’S OVERSEAS WARS. OVERSEAS WARS. AND THERE’S THIS FUNDAMENTAL AND THERE’S THIS FUNDAMENTAL CONFLICT IN THERE BETWEEN THOSE CONFLICT IN THERE BETWEEN THOSE TWO SORT OF ELEMENTS OF HIS TWO SORT OF ELEMENTS OF HIS POLITICAL PERSONA. POLITICAL PERSONA. JOHN BOLTON PLAYED THE ONE SIDE JOHN BOLTON PLAYED THE ONE SIDE BUT NOT THE OTHER. BUT NOT THE OTHER. HIS PREDECESSORS WERE TRYING TO HIS PREDECESSORS WERE TRYING TO RESTRAIN HIM AGAINST BEING TOO RESTRAIN HIM AGAINST BEING TOO HOSTILE TOWARD THE OUTSIDE HOSTILE TOWARD THE OUTSIDE WORLD, AGAINST BEING HOSTILE WORLD, AGAINST BEING HOSTILE TOWARD OUR ALLIES. TOWARD OUR ALLIES. JOHN BOLTON, ON THE OTHER HAND, JOHN BOLTON, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS TRYING TO RESTRAIN HIM IN A WAS TRYING TO RESTRAIN HIM IN A DIFFERENT WAY. DIFFERENT WAY. HE WAS TRYING TO RESTRAIN HIM HE WAS TRYING TO RESTRAIN HIM FROM MAKING WHAT HE SAW, ANYWAY, FROM MAKING WHAT HE SAW, ANYWAY, AS BAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE LIKES AS BAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE LIKES OF NORTH KOREA, IRAN, MOST OF NORTH KOREA, IRAN, MOST RECENTLY THE TALIBAN. RECENTLY THE TALIBAN. SO, YOU KNOW, THIS YIN AND YANG SO, YOU KNOW, THIS YIN AND YANG OF THE PRESIDENT’S FOREIGN OF THE PRESIDENT’S FOREIGN POLICY THINKING HAS BEEN POLICY THINKING HAS BEEN REFLECTED IN THE SUCCESSION OF REFLECTED IN THE SUCCESSION OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS HE’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS HE’S HAD, WHICH IS WHY I THINK WE’RE HAD, WHICH IS WHY I THINK WE’RE PAYING ATTENTION TO WHO MIGHT BE PAYING ATTENTION TO WHO MIGHT BE THE NEXT ONE. THE NEXT ONE.>>OKAY, CAROL, THEN, WITHOUT>>OKAY, CAROL, THEN, WITHOUT JOHN BOLTON, WHO IS THE MOST JOHN BOLTON, WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FOREIGN POLICY VOICE INFLUENTIAL FOREIGN POLICY VOICE INSIDE THIS ADMINISTRATION NOW? INSIDE THIS ADMINISTRATION NOW?>>WELL, STEPH, I’D HAVE TO SAY>>WELL, STEPH, I’D HAVE TO SAY PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE’VE SEEN INCREASINGLY AS HE WE’VE SEEN INCREASINGLY AS HE CYCLES THROUGH HIS NATIONAL CYCLES THROUGH HIS NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF AND NEW PEOPLE SECURITY STAFF AND NEW PEOPLE COME IN, HE’S INCREASINGLY, YOU COME IN, HE’S INCREASINGLY, YOU KNOW, DECIDED THAT HE’S TAKING KNOW, DECIDED THAT HE’S TAKING CONTROL OF IT, THAT HE SETS THE CONTROL OF IT, THAT HE SETS THE POLICY, AND I THINK THE MESSAGE POLICY, AND I THINK THE MESSAGE OF JOHN BOLTON’S DEPARTURE IS IN OF JOHN BOLTON’S DEPARTURE IS IN PART THAT, YOU KNOW, AIDES WHO PART THAT, YOU KNOW, AIDES WHO WORK FOR TRUMP EITHER NEED TO WORK FOR TRUMP EITHER NEED TO GET ON BOARD OR THEY CAN LEAVE GET ON BOARD OR THEY CAN LEAVE AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THE THING AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THE THING THAT JOHN BOLTON DID THAT THAT JOHN BOLTON DID THAT ULTIMATELY WAS HIS UNDOING WAS ULTIMATELY WAS HIS UNDOING WAS NOT ONLY DID HE NOT GET ON NOT ONLY DID HE NOT GET ON BOARD, BUT HE MADE THAT KNOWN BOARD, BUT HE MADE THAT KNOWN PUBLICLY, YOU KNOW, AND THAT IS PUBLICLY, YOU KNOW, AND THAT IS WHAT REALLY GOT UNDER THE WHAT REALLY GOT UNDER THE PRESIDENT’S SKIN, BECAUSE HE PRESIDENT’S SKIN, BECAUSE HE FELT LIKE IT WAS UNDERMINING HIS FELT LIKE IT WAS UNDERMINING HIS POLICY. POLICY. IF YOU’RE LOOKING MORE BROADLY IF YOU’RE LOOKING MORE BROADLY AT WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET INTO AT WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET INTO THE PRESIDENT’S EAR ON CERTAIN THE PRESIDENT’S EAR ON CERTAIN THINGS TO SORT OF SHAPE THE THINGS TO SORT OF SHAPE THE DIRECTION HE’S HEADED, IT WOULD DIRECTION HE’S HEADED, IT WOULD BE SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE BE SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. POMPEO. HE’S WELL KNOWN AS SOMEBODY WHO HE’S WELL KNOWN AS SOMEBODY WHO CAN GET IN THE PRESIDENT’S EAR CAN GET IN THE PRESIDENT’S EAR AND PERHAPS SHIFT HIM AROUND THE AND PERHAPS SHIFT HIM AROUND THE EDGES. EDGES. HOWEVER, MIKE POMPEO’S KNOWN AS HOWEVER, MIKE POMPEO’S KNOWN AS ONE OF THE BIGGEST IRAN HAWKS IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST IRAN HAWKS IN WASHINGTON, AND HE’S EVEN HAVING WASHINGTON, AND HE’S EVEN HAVING TO GET ON BOARD WITH THE TO GET ON BOARD WITH THE PRESIDENT WHO NOW SAYS THAT HE PRESIDENT WHO NOW SAYS THAT HE WANTS TO SIT DOWN WITH THE WANTS TO SIT DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN WITHOUT ANY PRESIDENT OF IRAN WITHOUT ANY PRECONDITIONS. PRECONDITIONS. SO, AGAIN, THAT UNDERSCORES THAT SO, AGAIN, THAT UNDERSCORES THAT IF ANYBODY IS SETTING THE IF ANYBODY IS SETTING THE POLICY, IT’S PRESIDENT TRUMP. POLICY, IT’S PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND CERTAINLY, THAT’S THE AND CERTAINLY, THAT’S THE MESSAGE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MESSAGE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO CONVEY. WANTS TO CONVEY.>>WELL, YESTERDAY JOHN BOLTON>>WELL, YESTERDAY JOHN BOLTON CERTAINLY MADE HIS VIEWS KNOWN CERTAINLY MADE HIS VIEWS KNOWN TO OUR OWN PETER ALEXANDER. TO OUR OWN PETER ALEXANDER. PETER’S AT THE WHITE HOUSE. PETER’S AT THE WHITE HOUSE. PETER, JOHN BOLTON REACHED OUT PETER, JOHN BOLTON REACHED OUT TO YOU PERSONALLY. TO YOU PERSONALLY. WHAT’D HE SAY? WHAT’D HE SAY?>>YEAH, WELL, THE BOTTOM LINE>>YEAH, WELL, THE BOTTOM LINE IS YOU’RE SEEING THE SORT OF IS YOU’RE SEEING THE SORT OF CONTRADICTION IN THE STORIES CONTRADICTION IN THE STORIES THAT THE TWO SIDES ARE TELLING. THAT THE TWO SIDES ARE TELLING. THE TAKEAWAY HERE IS THAT THESE THE TAKEAWAY HERE IS THAT THESE TWO MEN WHO HAD DISAGREEMENTS ON TWO MEN WHO HAD DISAGREEMENTS ON IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AFGHANISTAN, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AFGHANISTAN, COULDN’T EVEN SHARE A STORY IN COULDN’T EVEN SHARE A STORY IN TERMS OF THE WAY THINGS ENDED TERMS OF THE WAY THINGS ENDED HERE. HERE. JOHN BOLTON AFTER THE PRESIDENT JOHN BOLTON AFTER THE PRESIDENT SAID EFFECTIVELY THAT HE FIRED SAID EFFECTIVELY THAT HE FIRED BOLTON ON MONDAY NIGHT, TEXTED BOLTON ON MONDAY NIGHT, TEXTED ME AND HE SAID THAT HE OFFERED ME AND HE SAID THAT HE OFFERED TO RESIGN MONDAY NIGHT, THAT THE TO RESIGN MONDAY NIGHT, THAT THE PRESIDENT NEVER DIRECTLY OR PRESIDENT NEVER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FIRED HIM, THAT INDIRECTLY FIRED HIM, THAT ULTIMATELY, HE SLEPT ON IT AND ULTIMATELY, HE SLEPT ON IT AND THAT HE RESIGNED ON TUESDAY. THAT HE RESIGNED ON TUESDAY. SO, NOW WE LOOK FORWARD AND SO, NOW WE LOOK FORWARD AND FOCUS ON THE SHORT LIST, IN FOCUS ON THE SHORT LIST, IN EFFECT, OF WHO COULD BE THE NEXT EFFECT, OF WHO COULD BE THE NEXT NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. REMEMBER, PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW IN REMEMBER, PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS IS LOOKING LESS THAN THREE YEARS IS LOOKING FOR HIS FOURTH NATIONAL SECURITY FOR HIS FOURTH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. ADVISER. WE CAN SHOW YOU SOME OF THE WE CAN SHOW YOU SOME OF THE FACES OF THOSE WHO ARE UNDER FACES OF THOSE WHO ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION, ACCORDING TO CONSIDERATION, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THIS WHITE PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THIS WHITE HOUSE AND SOME OF THE HOUSE AND SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES. PRESIDENT’S ALLIES. LINDSEY GRAHAM, ONE OF THE LINDSEY GRAHAM, ONE OF THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES, SAYING, FOR PRESIDENT’S ALLIES, SAYING, FOR ONE, IT WILL HAVE TO BE SOMEONE ONE, IT WILL HAVE TO BE SOMEONE WHO IS CLOSE WITH MIKE POMPEII WHO IS CLOSE WITH MIKE POMPEII YOU YOU POMPEO, WHO HAS AN INCREASING POMPEO, WHO HAS AN INCREASING ROLE. ROLE. LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER BOLTON TOOK THE ROLE, RICK BOLTON TOOK THE ROLE, RICK WADDELL. WADDELL. BRIAN HOOK ON THE SCREEN, THE BRIAN HOOK ON THE SCREEN, THE U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR IRAN. IRAN. HE HAS ONE OF THOSE CRITICAL HE HAS ONE OF THOSE CRITICAL QUALIFICATIONS, WHICH IS THAT QUALIFICATIONS, WHICH IS THAT HE’S PARTICULARLY CLOSE TO HE’S PARTICULARLY CLOSE TO POMPEO. POMPEO. KEITH KELLOGG, THE NATIONAL KEITH KELLOGG, THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER RIGHT NOW TO SECURITY ADVISER RIGHT NOW TO THE WHITE HOUSE, MIKE PENCE. THE WHITE HOUSE, MIKE PENCE. HE WAS THE ACTING NATIONAL HE WAS THE ACTING NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FOR I THINK SECURITY ADVISER FOR I THINK JUST SEVEN DAYS AFTER MIKE FLYNN JUST SEVEN DAYS AFTER MIKE FLYNN WAS OUSTED EARLY IN THE WAS OUSTED EARLY IN THE PRESIDENT’S TERM. PRESIDENT’S TERM. TOM BOSSERT, FORMER NATIONAL TOM BOSSERT, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FOR PRESIDENT SECURITY ADVISER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. TRUMP. WE REACHED OUT TO HIM. WE REACHED OUT TO HIM. HE DECLINED TO COMMENT. HE DECLINED TO COMMENT. HE STEPPED DOWN AT THE SAME JOHN HE STEPPED DOWN AT THE SAME JOHN BOLTON WAS APPOINTED. BOLTON WAS APPOINTED. THOSE ARE THE KEY NAMES WE’LL BE THOSE ARE THE KEY NAMES WE’LL BE FOCUSING ON MOVING FORWARD, BUT FOCUSING ON MOVING FORWARD, BUT DONALD TRUMP’S THE ONE WHO’S DONALD TRUMP’S THE ONE WHO’S SORT OF DRIVING THIS TRAIN. SORT OF DRIVING THIS TRAIN.>>THOSE ARE THE WHO.>>THOSE ARE THE WHO. HOW ABOUT WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO HOW ABOUT WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? DO? BEN, WE KNOW BOLTON OPPOSED THE BEN, WE KNOW BOLTON OPPOSED THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN AND THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN AND THE TALIBAN. TALIBAN. WITH BOLTON OUT, DOES IT MEAN WITH BOLTON OUT, DOES IT MEAN WE’RE CLOSER NOW TO THOSE THINGS WE’RE CLOSER NOW TO THOSE THINGS HAPPENING? HAPPENING?>>WELL, ABSOLUTELY.>>WELL, ABSOLUTELY. AND YOU KNOW, STEPHANIE, AND YOU KNOW, STEPHANIE, THERE’S, YOU KNOW, THE U.N. THERE’S, YOU KNOW, THE U.N. MEETINGS LATER THIS MONTH IN NEW MEETINGS LATER THIS MONTH IN NEW YORK CITY. YORK CITY. AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO BE ALMOST CHASING A SEEMS TO BE ALMOST CHASING A MEETING WITH THE IRANIANS. MEETING WITH THE IRANIANS. YOU KNOW, THE IRANIANS HAVE NOT YOU KNOW, THE IRANIANS HAVE NOT INDICATED THAT THEY WANT TO SIT INDICATED THAT THEY WANT TO SIT DOWN BILATERALLY WITH PRESIDENT DOWN BILATERALLY WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT HE KEEPS MAKING THE TRUMP, BUT HE KEEPS MAKING THE POINT THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SIT POINT THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO SIT DOWN WITH THE IRANIANS. DOWN WITH THE IRANIANS. AND PART OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING AND PART OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE IS HE’S ENTERING INTO AN HERE IS HE’S ENTERING INTO AN ELECTION YEAR, STEPHANIE. ELECTION YEAR, STEPHANIE. HE’S GOTTEN A LOT OF BALLS IN HE’S GOTTEN A LOT OF BALLS IN THE AIR, A LOT OF PLANES THAT THE AIR, A LOT OF PLANES THAT NEED TO LAND HERE. NEED TO LAND HERE. WE’VE GOT IRAN RESUMING ITS WE’VE GOT IRAN RESUMING ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM, WE’VE GOT NORTH NUCLEAR PROGRAM, WE’VE GOT NORTH KOREA STILL BUILDING NEW NUCLEAR KOREA STILL BUILDING NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN WEAPONS, THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS STILL ONGOING, EVEN THOUGH IS STILL ONGOING, EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED TO BRING IT TO AN END, THE CHINA BRING IT TO AN END, THE CHINA TRADE WAR IS ESCALATING. TRADE WAR IS ESCALATING. HE WANTS TO GET SOME AGREEMENTS HE WANTS TO GET SOME AGREEMENTS SOMEWHERE TO SHOW THAT HE’S SOMEWHERE TO SHOW THAT HE’S LANDING SOME OF THESE PLANES. LANDING SOME OF THESE PLANES. AND BOLTON, OBVIOUSLY, WAS AND BOLTON, OBVIOUSLY, WAS IDEALOGICALLY RESISTANT TO THOSE IDEALOGICALLY RESISTANT TO THOSE DEALS, BE IT WITH THE TALIBAN, DEALS, BE IT WITH THE TALIBAN, WITH NORTH KOREA, WITH IRAN. WITH NORTH KOREA, WITH IRAN. THE PROBLEM HERE, AS PETER THE PROBLEM HERE, AS PETER POINTS OUT, THOUGH, IS THAT POINTS OUT, THOUGH, IS THAT TRUMP’S OWN APPROACH HAS BEEN TRUMP’S OWN APPROACH HAS BEEN BELLICOSE. BELLICOSE. THE REASON WE’RE IN A CRISIS THE REASON WE’RE IN A CRISIS WITH IRAN IS TRUMP PULLED OUT OF WITH IRAN IS TRUMP PULLED OUT OF THE IRAN DEAL AND USED A LOT OF THE IRAN DEAL AND USED A LOT OF RHETORIC AND THE IRANIANS RHETORIC AND THE IRANIANS RESPONDED. RESPONDED. SO THE QUESTION IS NOT JUST SO THE QUESTION IS NOT JUST WHEST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS AN WHEST PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS AN INCLINATION TO DO THIS, BUT INCLINATION TO DO THIS, BUT WHETHER WE HAVE THE COMPETENCE WHETHER WE HAVE THE COMPETENCE TO CARRY THIS OUT, WHETHER THEY TO CARRY THIS OUT, WHETHER THEY HAVE THE NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM HAVE THE NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM THAT CAN DESIGN THESE TYPES OF THAT CAN DESIGN THESE TYPES OF AGREEMENTS, AND FRANKLY, WHETHER AGREEMENTS, AND FRANKLY, WHETHER OTHER COUNTRIES WILL TRUST OTHER COUNTRIES WILL TRUST PRESIDENT TRUMP TO KEEP ANY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO KEEP ANY AGREEMENTS HE MAKES AFTER HE’S AGREEMENTS HE MAKES AFTER HE’S PULLED OUT OF SO MANY AGREEMENTS PULLED OUT OF SO MANY AGREEMENTS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN A PARTY TO. A PARTY TO. SO IT’S GOING TO BE A FEW SO IT’S GOING TO BE A FEW COMPLICATED MONTHS WITH COMPLICATED MONTHS WITH SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES FOR SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES FOR MATTERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL MATTERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY AND OUR ECONOMIC WELL-BEING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WELL-BEING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CHINA TRADE WAR. CHINA TRADE WAR.>>THEN CAROL, THIS TAKES US TO>>THEN CAROL, THIS TAKES US TO YOUR FASCINATING, NEW REPORTING YOUR FASCINATING, NEW REPORTING ABOUT WHO THE PRESIDENT SPOKE TO ABOUT WHO THE PRESIDENT SPOKE TO BEFORE HE DECIDED TO LET BOLTON BEFORE HE DECIDED TO LET BOLTON GO. GO. TELL US ABOUT THIS, TALKING TO TELL US ABOUT THIS, TALKING TO H.R. McMASTER, A GUY WHO IN H.R. McMASTER, A GUY WHO IN THEORY THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T THEORY THE PRESIDENT DIDN’T THINK HAD THE COMPETENCY TO GET THINK HAD THE COMPETENCY TO GET THE JOB DONE BECAUSE HE LET HIM THE JOB DONE BECAUSE HE LET HIM GO BEFORE BOLTON SHOWED UP. GO BEFORE BOLTON SHOWED UP.>>YEAH, STEPH, WE — MY>>YEAH, STEPH, WE — MY COLLEAGUES, COURTNEY KUBE, AND COLLEAGUES, COURTNEY KUBE, AND KRISTEN WELKER AND I HAVE TALKED KRISTEN WELKER AND I HAVE TALKED TO PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT, YOU TO PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, STARTING AS SOON AS SIX KNOW, STARTING AS SOON AS SIX MONTHS INTO JOHN BOLTON’S MONTHS INTO JOHN BOLTON’S TENURE, FOR THE PRESIDENT TO TENURE, FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SORT OF CALL H.R. McMASTER. SORT OF CALL H.R. McMASTER. AND YOU’LL RECALL, HE LEFT ON AND YOU’LL RECALL, HE LEFT ON VERY, SORT OF UNCEREMONY — HE VERY, SORT OF UNCEREMONY — HE WAS UNCEREMONIOUSLY FIRED AS WAS UNCEREMONIOUSLY FIRED AS WELL, YOU DON’T DISCLOSE ON WELL, YOU DON’T DISCLOSE ON TWITTER, AND THE RELATIONSHIP TWITTER, AND THE RELATIONSHIP REALLY DETERIORATED. REALLY DETERIORATED. SO, LAST FALL HE CALLS HIM AND SO, LAST FALL HE CALLS HIM AND TELLS HIM HE MISSES HIM. TELLS HIM HE MISSES HIM. THERE’S BEEN CALLS SINCE THEN THERE’S BEEN CALLS SINCE THEN WHERE THEY’VE TALKED ABOUT IRAN. WHERE THEY’VE TALKED ABOUT IRAN. HE’S ASKED WHO HE THINKS HE HE’S ASKED WHO HE THINKS HE SHOULD NAME AS DEFENSE SHOULD NAME AS DEFENSE SECRETARY. SECRETARY. AND SO, IT WAS KIND OF AND SO, IT WAS KIND OF UNDERSCORING TWO THINGS. UNDERSCORING TWO THINGS. ONE IS THAT, OBVIOUSLY, ONE IS THAT, OBVIOUSLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS, SORT OF HIS PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS, SORT OF HIS CONFIDENCE IN JOHN BOLTON WAS CONFIDENCE IN JOHN BOLTON WAS WANING. WANING. HE WAS QUESTIONING WHETHER HE HE WAS QUESTIONING WHETHER HE SHOULD STAY ON THE JOB, OR IS SHOULD STAY ON THE JOB, OR IS KIND OF REACHING OUT. KIND OF REACHING OUT. AND THE OTHER THING IS THAT NO AND THE OTHER THING IS THAT NO ONE EVER REALLY LEAVES TRUMP ONE EVER REALLY LEAVES TRUMP WORLD ESSENTIALLY. WORLD ESSENTIALLY. WE’VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT GET RID WE’VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT GET RID OF PEOPLE AND HAVE REALLY BAD OF PEOPLE AND HAVE REALLY BAD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND THEN RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM AND THEN REACH OUT TO THEM LATER. REACH OUT TO THEM LATER. WE SAW THIS WITH FORMER CHIEF OF WE SAW THIS WITH FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF REINCE PRIEBUS WHEN HE WAS STAFF REINCE PRIEBUS WHEN HE WAS FIRED, AND THEN JOHN KELLY CAME FIRED, AND THEN JOHN KELLY CAME IN, AND WHEN JOHN KELLY WAS IN, AND WHEN JOHN KELLY WAS TRYING TO GET THE PRESIDENT TO TRYING TO GET THE PRESIDENT TO DO THINGS HE DIDN’T WANT TO DO, DO THINGS HE DIDN’T WANT TO DO, HE STARTED TO CALL REINCE HE STARTED TO CALL REINCE PRIEBUS. PRIEBUS. SO, IT’S KIND OF AN INTERESTING SO, IT’S KIND OF AN INTERESTING WINDOW INTO HOW THE PRESIDENT WINDOW INTO HOW THE PRESIDENT SORT OF CASTS ABOUT AS HE SORT OF CASTS ABOUT AS HE BECOMES SORT OF RESTLESS WITH BECOMES SORT OF RESTLESS WITH SOMEBODY WHO CAME IN, AS JOHN SOMEBODY WHO CAME IN, AS JOHN BOLTON DID, WITH HUGE FANFARE BOLTON DID, WITH HUGE FANFARE AND WAS SEEN INITIALLY AS A REAL AND WAS SEEN INITIALLY AS A REAL FAVORITE OF THE PRESIDENT’S. FAVORITE OF THE PRESIDENT’S.>>I DON’T KNOW, BOLTON COULD BE>>I DON’T KNOW, BOLTON COULD BE LEAVING THE PRESIDENT’S WORLD LEAVING THE PRESIDENT’S WORLD FOR GOOD. FOR GOOD. PETER, JOHN BOLTON DIDN’T JUST PETER, JOHN BOLTON DIDN’T JUST TALK TO PETER ALEXANDER. TALK TO PETER ALEXANDER. HE SPOKE TO YOU YESTERDAY AS HE SPOKE TO YOU YESTERDAY AS WELL. WELL. GIVEN ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT GIVEN ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE ADMINISTRATION BUT WHO THE ADMINISTRATION BUT WHO HAVEN’T REALLY — I DON’T KNOW HAVEN’T REALLY — I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SAY IT — SPILLED THE HOW TO SAY IT — SPILLED THE BEANS OR SAID MUCH ABOUT WHAT BEANS OR SAID MUCH ABOUT WHAT WENT ON INSIDE, DO YOU THINK WENT ON INSIDE, DO YOU THINK BOLTON WILL BE FRIEND? BOLTON WILL BE FRIEND? IT’S AMAZING THAT HE WITHAS IT’S AMAZING THAT HE WITHAS REACHING OUT TO SO MANY REACHING OUT TO SO MANY REPORTERS HIMSELF YESTERDAY. REPORTERS HIMSELF YESTERDAY.>>WELL, I THINK HE WANTED TO>>WELL, I THINK HE WANTED TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AS HE SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AS HE SAW IT. SAW IT. I DON’T THINK HE WANTED TO BE, I DON’T THINK HE WANTED TO BE, YOU KNOW, LIVING UNDER PRESIDENT YOU KNOW, LIVING UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NARRATIVE, WHICH SO MANY TRUMP’S NARRATIVE, WHICH SO MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE LEFT THE WHITE OTHERS WHO HAVE LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE HAVE HAD TO SWALLOW. HOUSE HAVE HAD TO SWALLOW. AND SO, HE DECIDED TO SPEAK OUT, AND SO, HE DECIDED TO SPEAK OUT, AT LEAST IN TERMS OF CORRECTING AT LEAST IN TERMS OF CORRECTING WHAT HE SAW AS THE MISTAKEN WHAT HE SAW AS THE MISTAKEN DESCRIPTION OF HOW HIS DEPARTURE DESCRIPTION OF HOW HIS DEPARTURE HAPPENED. HAPPENED. YOU KNOW, LOOK, WE’VE SEEN IN YOU KNOW, LOOK, WE’VE SEEN IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS HOW JIM THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS HOW JIM MATTIS HAS HANDLED THINGS, MATTIS HAS HANDLED THINGS, RIGHT? RIGHT? JIM MATTIS WAS THE DEFENSE JIM MATTIS WAS THE DEFENSE SECRETARY. SECRETARY. WHEN HE LEFT, HE WROTE A LETTER, WHEN HE LEFT, HE WROTE A LETTER, PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD, SAYING PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD, SAYING I DON’T THINK WE AGREE ON HOW TO I DON’T THINK WE AGREE ON HOW TO HANDLE ALLIES AND ON ISSUES LIKE HANDLE ALLIES AND ON ISSUES LIKE SYRIA, BUT THEN HE BASICALLY SYRIA, BUT THEN HE BASICALLY STAYED QUIET. STAYED QUIET. HE’S GOT A NEW BOOK OUT, AND HE’S GOT A NEW BOOK OUT, AND EVEN IN THE NEW BOOK REFUSES TO EVEN IN THE NEW BOOK REFUSES TO CRITICIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP. CRITICIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP. I DON’T KNOW THAT JOHN BOLTON I DON’T KNOW THAT JOHN BOLTON WILL TAKE THAT SAME PATH. WILL TAKE THAT SAME PATH. HE’S A PRETTY OUTSPOKEN GUY, HE HE’S A PRETTY OUTSPOKEN GUY, HE SAYS WHAT HE THINKS. SAYS WHAT HE THINKS. ONE THING HE’S KNOWN FOR IS HIS ONE THING HE’S KNOWN FOR IS HIS BLUNTNESS, HIS CANDOR. BLUNTNESS, HIS CANDOR. MY GUESS IS THAT AT SOME POINT MY GUESS IS THAT AT SOME POINT IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, YOU IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, YOU MIGHT HEAR HIM GIVE HIS POINT OF MIGHT HEAR HIM GIVE HIS POINT OF VIEW ABOUT THINGS. VIEW ABOUT THINGS. THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN HE’LL BECOME AN OUTSPOKEN HE’LL BECOME AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC. CRITIC. IT DOESN’T MEAN HE’LL GO OFF THE IT DOESN’T MEAN HE’LL GO OFF THE TEAM LIKE SCARAMUCCI, I THINK TEAM LIKE SCARAMUCCI, I THINK SCARAMUCCI DID, BUT IT’S HARD TO SCARAMUCCI DID, BUT IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE JOHN BOLTON NOT TELLING IMAGINE JOHN BOLTON NOT TELLING US WHAT HE THINKS AT SOME POINT US WHAT HE THINKS AT SOME POINT WHEN HE’S READY TO. WHEN HE’S READY TO.>>SO, NICK, WHAT DO YOU THINK>>SO, NICK, WHAT DO YOU THINK WE’RE GOING TO GET IN THE WE’RE GOING TO GET IN THE PRESIDENT’S NEXT PICK? PRESIDENT’S NEXT PICK? ALL ALONG, HE SAID HOW MUCH HE ALL ALONG, HE SAID HOW MUCH HE LIKED THAT JOHN BOLTON HAD AN LIKED THAT JOHN BOLTON HAD AN OPPOSING VIEW FROM HIM, BUT WE OPPOSING VIEW FROM HIM, BUT WE KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT FROM KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT FROM BOLTON. BOLTON.>>STEPHANIE, SOME OF THE NAMES>>STEPHANIE, SOME OF THE NAMES YOU THREW UP ON THE SCREEN A YOU THREW UP ON THE SCREEN A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO WILL BE COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO WILL BE INDIVIDUALS WHO KNOW THAT THEIR INDIVIDUALS WHO KNOW THAT THEIR SUCCESS IN THAT ROLE WILL ONLY SUCCESS IN THAT ROLE WILL ONLY COME IF THEY ALIGN THEMSELVES COME IF THEY ALIGN THEMSELVES ALMOST COMPLETELY AND ALMOST COMPLETELY AND IDENTICALLY WITH THE PRESIDENT’S IDENTICALLY WITH THE PRESIDENT’S VIEWS GOING IN, AND THAT WORRIES VIEWS GOING IN, AND THAT WORRIES ME A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE ME A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF THE PRIMARY OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF A NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IS TO BRING SECURITY ADVISER IS TO BRING OPTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT, OPTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT, INCLUDING OPTIONS AND VIEWS THAT INCLUDING OPTIONS AND VIEWS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OF WHAT THE FALL OUTSIDE OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO DO AND WANTS PRESIDENT WANTS TO DO AND WANTS TO HEAR. TO HEAR. AND OBVIOUSLY, THERE WERE A LOT AND OBVIOUSLY, THERE WERE A LOT OF DOUBTS ABOUT JOHN BOLTON WHEN OF DOUBTS ABOUT JOHN BOLTON WHEN HE WAS NAMED TO THE POSITION, HE WAS NAMED TO THE POSITION, ABOUT WHETHER HE WOULD PLAY THAT ABOUT WHETHER HE WOULD PLAY THAT STEWARD ROLE FAIRLY AND STEWARD ROLE FAIRLY AND CONSISTENTLY. CONSISTENTLY. SO, WHOEVER COMES IN NEXT WILL SO, WHOEVER COMES IN NEXT WILL FACE A CHALLENGE IN TRYING TO FACE A CHALLENGE IN TRYING TO ALIGN THEMSELVES TO THE ALIGN THEMSELVES TO THE PRESIDENT’S VIEWS WHILE ALSO PRESIDENT’S VIEWS WHILE ALSO TRYING TO RUN A SYSTEM THAT

100 thoughts on “John Bolton Exits After Disagreements With President Donald Trump | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

  1. Mr. Trump is a weak man who masquerades as a strong one. He's chronically unstable and prone to violent mood swings. He likes to play at being a Politician and offers threats and blandishments to people and world powers in which he always gets in the wrong order. No one ever had less use for truth, or thinks out more methods of crime and seeks out more methods of cruelty than Mr. Trump. Not only will he will try to profit from people he considers "poor sport" he will try his best to strip this country.

  2. Bolton gets job.
    MSNBC: John Bolton should not be in that job!!!!
    Bolton quits job.
    MSNBC: What are we ever going to do without John Bolton?!!!!!

  3. Trump: My Son Don Junior will be my next National Security Advisor… he is a very great guy, I knew him very well, he had lots of experience with securities…like shares and bonds and treasury bills. I’m sure he will do a great job.

  4. In the realm of foreign affairs, we can all joke because the U.S. is living on borrowed time. There hasn't been a real crisis since 9/11 and the rise of Isis, and even those were not world cataclysms like WWII.
    It's easy to joke about Idiots like Trump, Bolton, Pompeo, and Jared. But when serious war cripples the world economy and starts killing our kids in the thousands, we'll need actual leadership. Not Trump's adolescent tweets.

  5. Chump's administration is 3 years of chaos and 3 years of stagnation of policy and action. All of America's adversaries have used this period to their advantage. This is but one of the destructive results of Chump's incompetencies

  6. Here Trump is saying to keep our country safe from Marco Rubio
    and Elliott Abrams invading Venezuela.

    From John Bolton and Iran.

    From Trump and Benjamin "The Nut" anyahu.

    From whom, Trump himself.

    These freakin jerks are now pointing fingers at each other.

    The only SANE ones in The Halls Of Justices is the SQUAD the rest
    can go fry potatoes.

  7. "My job is to keep the American people safe". Since 9/11, over 510,000 people in America have died from guns. It is an increasingly dangerous country where no one is safe.

  8. Mike Pompeo could be a dual national security advisor and Secretary of State if the President has a difficult time finding a replacement.

  9. Without Bolton to restrain him, the trumpet can now implement his master plan to deal with both Iran and the Talibans. The best deal he can get is that He could get them to go after each other throats so that he can depart quietly or be invited back as peacemaker.

  10. Is there any one left in the White House other than Trumps Crime Family ??
    Where are the press briefings the entire govt is falling apart.

  11. The old rich white guys are really gung-ho about going to war and sending the young middle class (often black) people to fight and die. It’s evil 🦹‍♀️

  12. I see that MSNBC spins everything in favor of it's globalist agenda. Bolton wanted us to go to war in any country. It did not matter to him, he wasn't being sent to be killed. Socialism = Communism= Slavery. The deep state wants war to fund their secret projects, anti human projects. Bolton working for them not us.

  13. To be clear, the war in Iraq was based on lies and THE politician who warned us, voted against it and tried to stop us from invading Iraq because it would have terrible consequences is running for president. Sanders, always right, always on the right side of history. Why would America want a smart guy instead of a wiseguy? Anybody?

  14. Donald Trump is a genius. He promised to 'drain the swamp' and he is doing it. He is using a plan so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel. He hires / appoints Swamp Monsters, they get investigated, charged, prosecuted and jailed. Job done. Don't tell me this is anything but un-adult-aerated genius…

  15. Next we will be having joint military exercises with Russia .They already have all topsecret intelligence they need thanks to Trump.

  16. Trump cannot listen to anyone because….TRUMP IS A RUSSIAN AGENT!! Trump wants to start assisting Russia and Putin with the Ukraine, USA Russian assets, Putin must have been displeased when the USA Russian spy got out of Russia. Trump more than likely has to give up our Spys in Russia and such a move would go by or could be detected by Bolton. Bolton is a lot of things but one thing he is not is a Traitor, and Bolton would not stand for it. So Bolton has to go.
    This all right out of Putin''s book on how to rise to the level of Dictator. Keep moving and keep eliminating anyone that can get into your way and that is what Trump has been doing for over two years now.

  17. first need to change all Inside internet and law whit all world and dont stop is possible stay great if having great programme inside

  18. I think Russia hates USA and the Americans prosperities thats why he used to corrupt politicians in DC and confused the Americans people through politics because thats the only weakness we cannot let that fly. Lmfao

  19. The stupidity of Trump Supporters: (1) Trump purposely creates a tariff war. Loses. (2) US Farmers are devastated, lost their customers. (3) He uses US Taxpayers money to bail out struggling farmers. Then, he claims we are 'winning the war' and his supporters have the unmitigated ignorance to claim they hate 'Socialism.' Trump just created Socialism with his own bailout. Trump supporters are the very definition of 'morons.'

  20. I don't care how Bolton got gone, the important thing is that he is gone. Bah bye warmonger walrus Bah bye!! Good riddance!!

  21. Challenges?! None of the countries mentioned meant any harm to the US. So what if North Korea or Iran have nukes. They'll for self defence. And China gives you so many affordable products. Ungrateful idiots.

  22. What an incredible President! MSNBC is hysterical that he's still President. I wonder how many psychiatrist patient lists will explode after he wins again in 2020.

  23. Ironic, Bolton was "let go" supposedly because Trumps Boyfriend Lil Kim didn't like him, its the same scenario as when he Come go, because his Master Putin didn't like him…is there a trend?…

  24. I got respect for Trump. A nice change to have a US president who seeks change through diplomacy and talks. I hope he gets elected for the second term.

  25. I think the firing if Bolton was a message to the Israeli prime minister that he doesn't have the full backing of America should he start war against Iran

  26. Trump hired Bolton to put the wind up North Korea and Iran. Iran did not flinch, North Korea played him. Trump buckled. Imagine asking for meetings without conditions.John F Kennedy was eliminated when everybody looked the other way. We all saw the movie. Trump is already painted into the corner. He did not castle the King early in the game. When he could he wouldn't and now he wants to and he can't. The elephant in the kitchen is why did Flyn lie to the fBI knowing full well they knew he talked to the Russians about taking away the sanctions . ?. The only answer is Trump was supposed to reign in Comey and neutralise the FBI. This can be the only reason Flynn lied to the FBI because Flynn fears the Russians and their Novachuk more than the consequences of lying to the FBI. Trump has the same problem. The Russians have something on Trump. FEAR. trump will disappear into the Russian woodwork as did the x President of The Ukraine. Time to ground trump and take his plane away.

  27. Does it not strike you as strange that every war this guy mentioned; the Americans started or got involved in. Show of hands anyone who knows where America has started or been in a war and gotten out of it……anyone…..any one!

  28. If a person is doing a bad job you fire them. President Trump, your doing a terrible job, YOUR FIRED!!!!!!!!!!😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲

  29. 9/11 was a Domestic Terrorist Attack; The Bombing Demolition of WTCs. America been safe for a long long time from outside group, but Domestic Terrorist has been the major problem. Mass Shooting every other week in United States… (Twice in a week with Ohio and Texas)

  30. The Left are never satisfied. They hate Bolton's guts for being a supposed warmonger, yet now he's gone, the sewer rats still complain. Same with Trump negotiating with the Taliban to get troops from Afghanistan – which leftists have screamed for for over 15 years.

  31. Chump is horrible and his supporters are Clueless about cause and effect.
    Lets Vote him out of office so they can send him to JAIL

  32. Stop showing so many images of Trump while the panel is talking. A few, but I am so sick of seeing him. I want to hear what the panel says, but please give us a break from having to look at the arrogance of this incompetent POTUS.

  33. It has been 18 years due to the intelligence apparatus Trump blatantly ignores, an apparatus that works in concert with a national security policy

  34. It is not about the number of Security Advisor's, it is about keeping American safe and having the most competent person in the post.

  35. The Iranian Criminal Regime Should Only Be Abolished And There Is No Solution The Iranian People Will Want This Regime And Would Receive A Referendum From The UN Observer

  36. Hey Trump supporters!

    Does a mother get credit for feeding her kids?
    Does OJ Simpson get credit for not killing anyone for 25 years?
    Do YOU get credit for not punching the mailman?

    Why does Trump get credit for not starting meaningless wars?

  37. Just another waste of time and they keep things very vague on purpose and you never found that suspicious so whatever

  38. Yes and Pompus Pompeo is going to be taking over Bolton’s in as well was announced earlier today that’s right folks he going to do both jobs mmmm

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