Former National Security Advisor John Bolton agreed with retired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman’s assessment that President Donald Trump is a “useful idiot” for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
In an interview published on Monday, Vindman made it clear that Trump is a threat to our national security.
“I think it’s important for me to tell people that I think the president has made this country weaker,” the former National Security Council expert on Ukraine said. “We’re mocked by our adversaries and by our allies, and we’re heading for more disaster. President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler. He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he’ll try to please Putin.”
Trump removed Vindman from the counsel in retaliation for testifying against him during the impeachment hearings. Vindman was a key witness to Trump’s extortion scheme against Ukraine, which involved forcing government officials to open a sham investigation against Democratic nominee Joe Biden in exchange for withheld military aid.
Well, it turns out that Bolton, who knew about Trump’s criminal behavior, agrees that Trump is not only a “useful idiot” to Putin, but to other dictators.
“My own view was that Trump just despised any indication that somehow Russia had influenced his election in 2016, because he felt it would delegitimize it,” Bolton told CNN. “I thought that was the wrong way to approach it. Russia tried to intervene, the president should have stood up to it, but he was simply in denial of it because he thought it would undercut his current position. As far as him being a useful idiot in the communist sense, really, it is a statement that the person involved doesn’t fully understand the consequences of his actions, and I think that describes Donald Trump in many, many respects. I think his behavior, almost across the board in international affairs, betrays lack of analysis, lack of consideration of the consequences of what he does, whether it is Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping or Kim Jong-un.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
The President of the United States should not be a “useful idiot” of any kind. And that’s why Trump was and is still unfit for office. Trump has happily refused to condemn Putin and Russia and has only sought to please Putin by inviting him to the G-7 summit, withdraw troops from Germany, harass and threaten NATO, and ignore Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers.
We need a president who will stand up to dictators, not one who will give them whatever they want as long as they flatter him.
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