Former National Security Adviser John Bolton strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s failed North Korea policy on Sunday and warned that his coddling places our national security and the security of our allies at serious risk.
Trump’s agreement to meet with Kim Jong Un in 2018 at Singapore handed North Korea the world recognition it had always desired despite being a terrorist state and mortal enemy. It was the first time an American president has ever met personally with the North Korean dictator.
For decades, presidents had refused to do so with the understanding that such a meeting would only benefit North Korea and make America look weak.
That has now come to pass as Trump repeatedly insists that he has saved the world from nuclear annihilation at the hands of North Korea even as Kim Jong Un continues building his nuclear arsenal and testing missiles.
Kim even plays to Trump’s giant ego by sending him letters and gifts, a masterstroke move that gives him more cover and buys time while he strengthens his own position.
In short, Trump is all talk and no action as Kim Jong Un walks all over him and threatens our country and Asian allies.
And now John Bolton is criticizing Trump’s policy in a new interview with Axios, his harshest criticism of Trump yet as Democrats call for him to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
“The idea that we are somehow exerting maximum pressure on North Korea is just unfortunately not true,” Bolton said, confirming that Trump is lying about denuclearizing North Korea. “We’ve tried. The policy failed. We’re going to go back now and make it clear that in a variety of steps, together with our allies, when we say it’s unacceptable, we’re going to demonstrate we will not accept it.”
Of course, Trump’s kid-glove treatment of North Korea is only endangering our troops and allies.
“When the president says, ‘Well, I’m not worried about short-range missiles,’ he’s saying, ‘I’m not worried about the potential risk to American troops deployed in the region or our treaty allies, South Korea and Japan,'” Bolton continued. “We’re now nearly three years into the administration with no visible progress toward getting North Korea to make the strategic decision to stop pursuing deliverable nuclear weapons.”
Indeed, Kim Jong Un has consistently pursued missile and nuclear technology while Trump brags to the American people that he has secured peace. This benefits North Korea because now Kim Jong Un has more time.
“Time is on the side of the proliferator,” Bolton said. “The more time there is, the more time there is to develop, test and refine both the nuclear component and the ballistic missile component of the program.”
And once Kim Jong Un has exactly what he wants, it could mean a nuclear bomb will one day explode over an American city, all as Trump and his family enrich themselves with blood on their hands.
Of course, Bolton could end Trump’s incompetent North Korea policy. All he has to do is testify against him in the Senate during the impeachment trial and urge his removal from office. Until he does that, he can’t say he really cares about our national security.
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