'For God's sakes, get out of the way': Trump's former national security adviser urges him to fund the US military
John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump. AP Photo / Andrew Harnik
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton told President Donald Trump to "get out of the way" and said he was "not a conservative".
Bolton's comments come after Trump vetoed the U.S. military funding bill.
The must-pass law was passed with the support of both parties.
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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton described President Donald Trump's veto of the annual US military funding bill as "very destructive" and against the ideals of his own political party.
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In a CNN interview Wednesday, Bolton said he agreed with House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi that Trump's veto on the Republican Party's bipartisan law was contrary to Trump's veto.
"Just to make a philosophical point, I think this is very compelling evidence of why Donald Trump is not a conservative," Bolton said. "Nobody in the House or Senate, Republican or Democrat, likes every provision of this law. But for 59 years our parties have compromised their differences in order to set a clear political direction for defense for the year."
"What Trump's veto may be doing here is at a time when we are suffering from one of the worst computer attacks in our history, as we see threats from China and elsewhere mounting around the world. " Added Bolton.
Trump on Wednesday vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would provide $ 741 billion for U.S. national security. The bill was passed by both houses of Congress with broad support from both Republicans and Democrats.
The democratically controlled house backed the bill with 335-78 votes, which exceeds the two-thirds majority required to crush Trump's veto. The Senate, with a Republican majority, also approved the defense law with 84 votes to 13.
U.S. Soldiers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 5, 2019. US Air Force / Ty Greenlees
Aside from the continued funding of the U.S. military, the bill includes major changes to overseas troop operations and a 3% pay increase for service members.
Trump previously threatened to veto the bill over the inclusion of provisions that would rename military bases that will still bear the names of Confederate leaders for the next three years. as well as claiming that it is not tough enough on China and Russia.
"Unfortunately, the law lacks critical national security measures, contains provisions that our veterans and our military history disregard, and runs counter to my administration's efforts to put America first in our national security and foreign policies," Trump said in a statement. "It's a 'gift' to China and Russia."
Bolton also described Trump's veto as "a purely gratuitous act" and "selfish".
"He's Donald Trump and that's part of the problem," Bolton said on CNN. "This is all about Donald Trump."
"There is very little that you can do to repair your reputation, but for God's sake, step out of the way of United States national security and our efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic," added Bolton added.
Bolton criticized the Trump presidency after stepping down in 2019. Since then, he has written a memoir about his White House experience, "The Room Where It Happened," which contains unflattering details of his tenure.
Trump, in turn, has belittled Bolton.
"Wacko John Bolton's 'utterly boring' book (New York Times) is made up of lies and false stories," Trump said in a tweet in June. "Said all the best of me, in print, until the day I fired him. An angry, boring fool who just wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized and happily dumped. What for a sucker! "
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