Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges
President Trump poses a “danger for the republic” and would be an even greater threat if he wins a second term this fall because he would be unconstrained by future electoral considerations, John R. Bolton, his former national security adviser, said in an interview to be aired on Sunday night.
In one of the most scathing public assessments of a sitting president by such a high-ranking former aide in modern times, Mr. Bolton depicted Mr. Trump as an “erratic and impulsive” leader who cares only about his own needs, does not fully understand democracy or the Constitution, is played “like a fiddle” by Russia and is not “fit for office.”
“The concern I have, speaking as a conservative Republican, is that once the election is over, if the president wins, the political constraint is gone,” Mr. Bolton told Martha Raddatz of ABC News in his first television interview publicizing his memoir of 17 months as Mr. Trump’s top security adviser. “And because he has no philosophical grounding, there’s no telling what will happen in a second term.”
Mr. Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” has become the talk of Washington even before its scheduled publication on Tuesday. The Trump administration went to court to try to block its publication, only to be rejected by a federal judge, and the president has been railing about what he considers Mr. Bolton’s betrayal. But the beginning of the book tour means that Mr. Trump will be confronted with the portrait laid out in the volume for days or weeks to come.
Mr. Bolton, a veteran of three previous Republican administrations, says in the book that the House should have investigated Mr. Trump for impeachment not just for his Ukraine scheme but for his willingness to intervene in criminal investigations on behalf of dictators and otherwise seeking foreign help for his re-election campaign.
According to an early transcript of the interview with ABC, he went even further by accusing Mr. Trump of lying when the president denied linking American security aid to his demand that Ukraine incriminate his Democratic political rivals, and Mr. Bolton dismissed the White House defense at the Senate impeachment trial as “utter nonsense.” Read more