Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning

Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning

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Bolton Hopes Trump Is One-Term President

The nation got their first “official” gander at what Ambassador and former national security adviser John Bolton has to say about President Trump – and none of its good. Of course, Mr. Trump hasn’t minced words about Bolton either, but the depth of Bolton’s disdain was on full display during his highly-anticipated interview with ABC News’ Marthaa Raddatz about his new book, “The Room Where It Happened.” Among the highlights:

Bolton says he hopes President Trump is defeated in November and said he hopes his former boss is remembered in history as a, quote, "one-term president who didn't plunge the country irretrievably into a downward spiral."

He said he's troubled about the country's future if Trump is elected to a second term. There really isn't any guiding principle – that I was able to discern other than – what's good for Donald Trump's reelection.”

Trump saw his making a statement about the Saudi role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as a method to divert attention from the hits his daughter, Ivanka, was taking in the press. She’d been getting heat about using her personal email for government business. "'This will divert from Ivanka,'" Bolton writes Trump said at the time. "’If I read the statement in person, that will take over the Ivanka thing.'"

Not surprisingly, Bolton says he’s not voting for Trump in November – but then, he’s not voting for Joe Biden either. “I'm gonna figure out a conservative Republican to write in,” says Bolton” But this comes back to the point of why I wrote the book.... Some Republicans will read it and say, "We're gonna vote for Trump anyway." And all I want them to know is what they're actually voting for.”

With regard to Trump’s fitness for office, Bolton says it’s his lack of consistency that’s among the most disturbing points. “It's very hard to predict since the president's thought process is a random walk that never stops,” he explains. “I mean, it's like a random walk meets ‘Groundhog Day’.”

Fresh on the heels of the interview airing, a pirated copy of Bolton’s book found its way onto the Internet. That, of course, would leave the usefulness of White House efforts to stop publication very up in the air. Either way, it’s set to be officially released tomorrow – and the publishers are very invested in who dropped the Bolton bomb early.

Source: ABC News

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