Will Trump Fire John Bolton Next?

After he nearly scuttled the historic talks with North Korea by hinting that Kim Jong Un could face a fate similar to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, National Security Advisor John Bolton is being sidelined by President Trump ahead of the historic June 12 summit in Singapore, CNN reports.

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According to the report, several senior administration officials have lost their patience with Bolton and his hawkish approach to North Korea, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has pushed to limit Bolton's role in the upcoming summit, saying it would be "counterproductive" for Bolton to attend certain Oval Office meetings.

Like Trump, Pompeo was reportedly livid following Bolton's now-infamous Fox News Sunday interview, and in an angry confrontation Pompeo accused the moustached neo-con of trying to scuttle the talks for his own selfish reasons.

Pompeo told Trump it would be "counterproductive" to allow Bolton to attend the Oval Office meeting with visiting North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, two people familiar with the matter said, citing an escalating feud between the top diplomat and Bolton. The simmering tensions between two of the President's top foreign policy advisers reached a boiling point after Bolton went on television last month and cited the Libya model when talking about North Korea abandoning its nuclear program -- and in doing so, also raising the specter of Libya's subsequent invasion and its leader's brutal murder.

North Korea reacted furiously, lambasting Bolton in a statement. It revived long-held criticism from the regime, most notably in 2003 when North Korean state media described Bolton as "human scum and a bloodsucker" during the Bush administration.

But the remarks about Libya also infuriated Pompeo, who angrily confronted Bolton in a heated conversation at the White House.

While the White House has sought to play down rumors about tensions between Pompeo and Bolton, CNN says the Secretary of State has the backing of other high-ranking White House officials - including Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff John Kelly. Both men have come to rely on Pompeo for his ability to cajole President Trump.

White House chief of staff John Kelly has remained in line with Pompeo, and has come to rely on his ability to guide the President, an official said. Kelly greeted Kim Jong Chol at the White House diplomatic entrance on Friday and escorted him to the Oval Office.

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"Secretary Pompeo has always been the president's lead on the North Korea summit," the spokesman said, adding that Bolton "continues to coordinate and integrate the interagency process and provide the President with national security options."

This wouldn't be the first time that President Trump has pitted two of his senior officials against one another - a management strategy that Trump has become famous for. And even though Bolton has been sidelined when it comes to North Korea, the president still has faith in his national security advisor, CNN said.

Speaking from the south lawn of the White House on Friday, the president said he would temporarily set aside his push to exert "maximum pressure" on North Korea. But that doesn't mean the White House won't step up the pressure if Kim starts getting cold feet.

"I don't even want to use the term 'maximum pressure' anymore because I don't want to use that term because we're getting along. You see the relationship. We're getting along," Trump told reporters after bidding farewell to his North Korean visitor, a former spy chief and currently the country's chief nuclear negotiator. "So it's not a question of maximum pressure. It's staying essentially the way it is. At some point, hopefully, a deal -- for the good of millions of people, a deal will be worked out."

The administration insists that, for now, sanctions relief won't come until North Korea takes firm steps toward abandoning its nuclear program.

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Indeed, people familiar with the summit planning now say there is little expectation Trump will emerge from his meeting with Kim having secured the type of historic, detailed commitment on denuclearization that officials once said was a prerequisite for the talks.

Instead, Trump and his aides have suggested the most concrete product of the June 12 encounter could be a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War -- a far cry from the commitment to immediate denuclearization that the administration once insisted would be required for Trump to come to the table.

However, administration officials have also cautioned that they won't let North Korea off the hook from US sanctions until the process of denuclearization has started. For now, White House officials are saying all they can hope for at the June 12 summit is a broad declaration from Kim that he's open to giving up his nukes. Such a declaration would give Pompeo and his allies in the White House enough momentum to continue pursuing a peaceful deescalation with North Korea.

However, if Kim suddenly balks, Bolton could find another opening to reassert a more hawkish approach to dealing with the Hermit Kingdom. Unless, of course, Pompeo has had enough of his neo-con rival and convinces Trump to ditch him. For now, Bolton's odds of sticking around remain high... if only for the next three weeks. According to PredictIt, the contract "Will John Bolton be National Security Advisor at end of day June 30?" is currently pricing in 91% odds.

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bowie28 Jus7tme Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

This supports the theory that Bolton was brought in to play the role of bad-cop and make Iran think Trump is seriously considering a regime-change on them if they don't play ball on renegotiating nuke agreement.  In that case, Bolton will be kept around and allowed to make threats as long as it serves the purpose, then he will be dismissed.

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tmosley bowie28 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

Bolton will wait in the wings until he is needed again. Right now we are getting cooperation with "good cop" Trump/Pompeo. Should that break down or slow, then he has the option to bring the bad cop back in.

This is very simple stuff. You just have to be operating somewhere in your mammalian brain rather than your lizard brain to be able to see it.

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caconhma directaction Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:20 Permalink

There are humongous differences between N. Korea and Iran:

  • Kim has nukes and the way to deliver them to NY, DC, etc., and Iran has none
  • Kim also has China behind his back and Iran has nobody

Iran has neither viable international policies nor diplomacy skills. Kim deserves the credit for playing his game. Kim must liberalize his economy very soon.

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I Am Jack's Ma… Klassenfeind Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:21 Permalink

Adelson demanded him.  Doesnt mean Trump loves him... means Adelson has terrifying levels of influence over Orange Jesus, who, sadly, is not very bright and in way over his head.

You dont expand the US footprint in Syria and build a base in Israel and ramp up sanctions and rhetoric against Iran because you’re trying to get a better deal than the deal deemed good by virtually everyone outside Zionist Jewry.

 

You do it because you’ve been convinced there is a military option and because you are a puppet of Netanyahu and his agents, Adelson and Kushner and Friedman. 

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ImGumbydmmt InjectTheVenom Tue, 06/05/2018 - 23:16 Permalink

Ron Paul for Director of the Federal Reserve. 

Day one. launch full audit and visit Ft Knox with  press cameras rolling.

Day two indictments of the usual suspects, bernakke,Yellen....Announce the end of the Federal Reserve Note

Day Three seize all gold and silver in the JP Morgan Goldman sucks Vaults and establish process to reintroduce gold backed paper currency issued by the Treasury. 

 

Day  four: schedule of disbandment of the Federal Reserve. Public Execution of Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Bankfien.

Day five, Bernakke and Yellen in the pillory, in Times Square, Free rotting frit for the masses to partake. live footage on FOX news.

Day Six. party.

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tmosley wadalt Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:34 Permalink

Yes, he will. But there won't be a war with Iran.

The clownz will try to frame this in terms of BDSM in an attempt to undermine the country. "The US is SOOOOOOOOO WEAK!!!" Instead it is simply the same damn thing we did with North Korea. Do the same thing that worked, get the same result. To expect otherwise is insanity, and the clownz are known to be completely and totally insane.

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I Am Jack's Ma… tmosley Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:14 Permalink

says the guy who believed the Qanon LARP.

 

Trump is expanding bases in Syria

he put the first us base in israel

he withdrew from the iran deal and imposed new sanctions despite Iran complying with a deal where they agreed to give up multiple sovereign rights

he sent 3 orthodox zionist jews to represent the US ‘negotiate’ peace 

nikki fucking haley

moved the embassy/recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital - which inflamed anti-American sentiment

took 20 mil from Sheldon Adelson who jist gave more to the RNC

 

Republican Jewish Coalition emerges as Trump’s hub for raising money, and making foreign policy

🤔

 

I could go on...

 

 

 

You aren’t merely a Trumptard, you are a Zionist disinfo agent who makes sure to appear to be a 4chan-like ‘jew hater’ to cover your tracks.

 

 

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tmosley I Am Jack's Ma… Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

What did it look like Trump was doing prior to bringing about peace in North Korea?

Legit retarded.

>You aren’t merely a Trumptard, you are a Zionist disinfo agent who makes sure to appear to be a 4chan-like ‘jew hater’ to cover your tracks.

Yes, and I was planted here 8 years ago by Bibi himself to pave the way for evil Drumpf! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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I Am Jack's Ma… tmosley Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

Trump brought about peace in Korea, did he?  Wow.  All by his self.  Done deal. 

You might be a little premature on that, Susan.

Spanky isnt going to give up his nukes, Orange Jesus tore up the deal with Iran and is clearly on a path to balkanizing Syria and gifting Golan to the Jews.

Kim is not going to take the word of the US you dope he’s playing for time and he’s also using Russia and China to squeeze the US out.

 

Your blind faith has indeed made you a Zionist disinfo agent in effect, I may have given you too much credit otherwise.

 

 

Sad.  😢

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bowie28 bowie28 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

Downvote all you want but this is the likely explanation.

Trump's management style is to bring in people with different perspectives and let them try to convince him they have the correct approach.

Just because he hires someone doesn't mean that person will dictate policy or have any power to do anything more than talk.  He calls the shots and will fire/replace them once they have served their purpose and are no longer needed.

There will be no war in Iran.  They will agree to renegotiate JCPOA and after that is done (or sooner) Bolton will be out.

 

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looseal bowie28 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 14:59 Permalink

"...try to convince him they have the correct approach."

I've seen that style of management in an office situation where decisions didn't get people killed.  Doesn't work very well.  A good manager has a working knowledge of the issue and can see consequences, both good and bad of proposals.

DJT does not have a working knowledge of very much.

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bowie28 HoPewGassed Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:59 Permalink

" So Bolton is a high ranking Ventriloquist Dummy??  "

It appears that could be at least part of the reason he was hired.

Trump has always said he likes to be unpredictable and keep the adversary guessing about his next move.  Bringing Bolton onboard had the effect of making everyone suspect Trump is planning a regime change on Iran.  Turns up the pressure on all sides to find a way to agree to a path forward that does not involve a shooting war.  I would argue this is the reason Bolton was hired and Trump's goal is simply forcing the renegotiation of JCPOA. 

 

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