Tag: Bolton, John R

How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?

Ever since Donald Trump began his nightmarish political ascent, some psychologists have been warning us, with increasing urgency, about what it means to have a malignant narcissist in power. In many cases, they’ve been more accurate about the trajectory of the last three years than the Washington hands who assumed Donald Trump would be constrained […]

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Gordon Sondland Elbowed His Way Into Ukraine Policy. It Could Cost Him.

WASHINGTON — To foreign policy experts, it is no mystery why President Trump’s national security adviser tried in May to block Gordon D. Sondland from becoming a player in United States diplomacy with Ukraine. As the American envoy to the European Union, Mr. Sondland managed a portfolio unrelated to Ukrainian issues. And beyond that, he […]

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Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk

WASHINGTON — A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with her private testimony. The adviser, […]

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Open Skies Treaty Allowed Eyes Over Russia; Trump Wants to Give Them Up

Conceived in the depths of the Cold War by President Dwight Eisenhower and pressed forward by President George H.W. Bush to promote international stability after the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, the Open Skies Treaty allows the United States, Russia and other nations to send unarmed surveillance flights over one another’s territories to monitor […]

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How John Bolton Botched Venezuela

During John Bolton’s recently ended tenure as national security adviser, he convinced President Trump that the Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro was on the verge of losing power. Mr. Bolton is reported to have been the architect of the several failed attempts to unseat President Maduro, a frequent target of Mr. Trump’s bluster. We now know […]

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Bolton Criticizes Trump’s Courtship of North Korea

WASHINGTON — In his first public comments since leaving the White House, John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, delivered a stark warning Monday about President Trump’s approach to North Korea, undercutting the president’s yearslong insistence that North Korea wanted to make a denuclearization deal with him. Without mentioning Mr. Trump by name, Mr. […]

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Standoffs With Iran Test Trump’s Resolve to Use Military Force

WASHINGTON — By the time President Trump met with congressional leaders on the afternoon of June 20, he had already decided to retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone. But for once, he kept his cards close to the vest, soliciting advice rather than doing all of the talking. “Why don’t you […]

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Trevor Noah Is Skeptical About War in Iran, Even if Saudis Are Good Customers

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. Money Talks? President Trump […]

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Robert O’Brien ‘Looks the Part,’ but Has Spent Little Time Playing It

WASHINGTON — Even his many critics conceded that the former national security adviser John R. Bolton brought useful credentials to the job: decades of foreign policy experience and a keen grasp of how the gears of government turn. Mr. Bolton’s main problem, as it turned out, was that he knew too much. Confident in his […]

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Trump’s National Security Yes Man Is In for a Bumpy Ride

Setting aside the brief, disastrous tenure of Michael Flynn, two men have held the role of national security adviser under Donald Trump, and they could not be more different. H.R. McMaster was a pragmatic stickler who valued the customary interagency deliberations that shaped decision making at the National Security Council, and which President Trump found […]

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Trump Names Robert O’Brien, Hostage Mediator, as National Security Adviser

LOS ANGELES — President Trump selected Robert C. O’Brien, the State Department’s chief hostage negotiator, to become his national security adviser on Wednesday, moving to reconstitute his foreign policy staff even as he faces rising tension with Iran. Mr. Trump announced the selection on Twitter shortly after saying he would also “substantially increase Sanctions” on […]

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For Mike Pompeo, a Moment of Singular Influence

WASHINGTON — It took about five minutes after John R. Bolton’s unceremonious fall from grace this week before Washington’s official whisper factory started floating a surprising suggestion for a replacement: Mike Pompeo. Not that Mr. Pompeo would give up his post as secretary of state to succeed Mr. Bolton as national security adviser. Instead, he […]

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Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room, and President Trump is left at the table with a giant set of chips set on hot spots around the world. In Mr. Trump’s view, the clock is ticking: He needs some big victories between now and the election in November 2020. But he also […]

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Late Night Doesn’t Find It Hard to Believe Trump Forgot a Son

[embedded content]CreditCreditVideo by Late Night with Seth Meyers “President Trump announced today that he will consider banning the sale of all nontobacco-flavored vaping products, which is a shame, because vaping was the only way most American kids would ever find out what fruit tastes like.” — SETH MEYERS “I mean, just listen to the flavors. […]

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Bolton Ouster Underscores a G.O.P. Divided on Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s abrupt ouster of John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser, has reignited concerns among some Republicans in Congress about the White House’s waning interest in projecting American military power around the world, a doctrine that was once the subject of a powerful consensus in their party. It is the latest sign […]

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John Bolton Is Fired. Or Did He Resign?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher John Bolton, the national security adviser, was ousted after fundamental disputes with President Trump over how to handle foreign policy challenges like Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. But the two men disagreed about how they parted […]

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Bolton Left His Mustache at the White House, Late Night Quips

[embedded content]A Stupid President Saves Us From A Smart WarmongerCreditCreditVideo by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert “Meanwhile, back in March of 2018, Bolton almost wasn’t hired in the first place. Apparently, ‘Mr. Trump hesitated in part because of his negative reaction to Mr. Bolton’s walrus-style mustache.’ Ironically, while Bolton is leaving, his mustache is […]

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‘Trump Unplugged’: A President as His Own National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — On one foreign policy issue after another, John R. Bolton was the in-house skeptic who checked President Trump’s most unorthodox instincts. Whether it was talking to North Korea, cooperating with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia or inviting the Taliban to Camp David, he was the national security adviser who said no. Mr. […]

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Who Could Replace John Bolton?

President Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of John R. Bolton as his national security adviser, the third person to hold the job since the beginning of the Trump administration. Though the White House has said Mr. Bolton’s current deputy, Charles M. Kupperman, will take over in the interim, Mr. Trump has said he will […]

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