Trump slams John Bolton as 'one of the dumbest people in Washington' after the former ally discussed NYT martial law report
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton (right), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (center) and President Donald Trump (left). REUTERS / Leah Millis
President Donald Trump beat up his former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, on Sunday after criticizing the president over a report in the New York Times that he was considering martial law to scrap the results of the presidential election.
"What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington know?" Trump tweeted.
Bolton, who responded to the Times report by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and suggested Trump use the military to re-run the presidential election, called such an action "appalling."
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President Donald Trump railed his former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, on Sunday after the former ally publicly criticized the president over a report in the New York Times that he was considering martial law to scrap the results of the presidential election.
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Shortly after midnight, Trump followed up Bolton and slammed his intelligence services and previous foreign policy decisions.
“What would Bolton, one of the dumbest people in Washington know?” Wrote Trump. "Wasn't he the person who said the 'Libyan solution' so stupidly on TV when describing what the US would do for North Korea? I have many other 'stupid stories' from Bolton."
When Bolton responded on Saturday to the Times report by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, suggesting that Trump declare martial law and use the military to reopen the presidential election, he described such an action as "appalling."
“There's no other way to describe it,” Bolton said on CNN. "It's incredible [and] almost certainly without precedent, but I think it's important to understand that this is just another day at the Oval office ... He's unsuitable for the job. I don't think he is has ever read the Constitution. If so, he obviously didn't understand, and when he did, he forgot. "
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Trump denied the Times report on Twitter, describing the details of the meeting's publication as "fake".
"Martial law = fake news," wrote Trump. "Just knowingly bad reporting!"
The Times reported that several top advisors, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House attorney Pat Cipollone, thought Flynn's proposal was cool. The advisors also opposed the president naming attorney Sidney Powell as a special adviser to expose suspected election fraud, which she failed to do as a former member of Trump's legal team.
Trump, who tried to block the publication of Bolton's book "The Room Where It Happened" earlier this year with claims that it contained classified information that had not been checked for publication, was extremely critical of his former advisor.
Bolton has responded to the mood in the media. Last month, Bolton called Trump "the political equivalent of a mugger" on CNN, accusing him of trying to cause "harm" within the government prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in January 2021.
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