Bolton Says Possible 2024 Presidential Bid Would Be To Stamp Out Trump Influence

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by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Jan 07, 2023 - 01:00 AM

Ex-Trump advisor and well-known foreign policy ultra-hawk John Bolton is teasing the possibility that he'll run for the White House in 2024.

He said in a "Good Morning Britain" interview which aired Friday that "I wouldn’t run as a vanity candidate. If I didn’t think I could run seriously then I wouldn’t get in the race." And then he said, "I would get in to win the nomination and I would do it primarily on the basis that we need a much stronger foreign policy."

Given this is Bolton - the man who has has never encountered a US war he didn't wholeheartedly support (or himself was a key architect of, as in the case of Iraq)... a "much stronger foreign policy" appears simply code for more war.

Bolton touted in the interview that he thinks he can beat his old boss former President Trump in securing the Republican nomination due to Trump suffering a "terminal decline" in the numbers of people supporting him.

"I think Trump’s support within the party itself is in terminal decline," Bolton said. "I wouldn’t run as a vanity candidate. If I didn’t think I could run seriously, then I wouldn’t get in the race."

Last month, the former national security adviser also told NBC that if Republican candidates don't strongly denounce Trump and distance themselves from his influence, then...

"If I don’t see that, I’m going to seriously consider getting in," Bolton said at the time, later adding: "I think to be a presidential candidate you can’t just say, 'I support the Constitution.' You have to say, 'I would oppose people who would undercut it.'"

In the wake of the British TV interview, The Washington Times reported, "The British network took his comments as confirmation Mr. Bolton would launch a bid, though his team said that is inaccurate."

A handful of media outlets are still running headlines which sound as if Bolton confirmed that he'll run in 2024, but there's yet to be a definitive statement from him, other than he's still mulling the idea.