Tag: Bolton, John R

Bounties Uproar Casts a Shadow Over a Rare Trump Foreign Policy Achievement

For a president with few tangible foreign policy accomplishments under his belt, Afghanistan had come to look something like a bright spot. His nuclear talks with North Korea have proved fruitless; his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has produced no concessions from Tehran; Palestinians declared his Middle East peace plan dead on arrival; and a […]

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President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them?

Much of the focus on China in recent months has been over the coronavirus that originated there late last year. But that has hardly slowed Beijing’s assault on fundamental freedoms and human rights, from the brutal repression of the Uighurs to choking off Hong Kong’s limited autonomy. Congress has acted with admirable alacrity and unanimity […]

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Joe Biden Is Wondering Why John Bolton Suddenly Likes Him

Bret Stephens: Gail, the good news is that the last few days have been filled with bad news for Donald Trump. His Tulsa rally was a total fizzle. A judge ruled that the publication of John Bolton’s tell-all memoir can proceed this week. Joe Biden is ahead of him by 12 percentage points — and […]

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Bolton Assaults Trump From the Right, and Takes Fire From All Directions

He knew what he was getting into. He knew he would be showered with brickbats from the left for not speaking out sooner and denounced by the right for speaking out at all. He knew he would be thrashed by thunderous presidential tweets, and he knew he might even be dragged into court. And yet […]

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Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges

President Trump poses a “danger for the republic” and would be an even greater threat if he wins a second term this fall because he would be unconstrained by future electoral considerations, John R. Bolton, his former national security adviser, said in an interview aired on Sunday night. In one of the most scathing public […]

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On North Korea and Iran, Bolton Blames ‘the Split Between Trump and Trump’

President Trump knew exactly what he was getting when he hired John Bolton in the spring of 2018 to be his national security adviser: An uber-hawk who made no secret of his belief that Iran and North Korea could be driven over the brink by extreme sanctions, and who told the president that attacking nuclear […]

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Judge Rejects Trump Request for Order Blocking Bolton’s Memoir

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Saturday ruled that John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, can go forward with the publication of his memoir, rejecting the administration’s request for an order that he try to pull the book back and saying it was too late for such an order to succeed. “With […]

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The Doom Where It Happened

Karl Popper once said, “A theory that explains everything, explains nothing.” John Bolton’s forthcoming memoir of his 17-month stint as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, “The Room Where It Happened,” offers a corollary: A book that tells all, yet somehow manages to tell nothing. Bolton writes that Trump’s Ukraine quid pro quo was “bad policy, […]

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Mike Pompeo Dishonors the State Department

McRAE, Ga. — It’s appalling to see the seal of the U.S. State Department desecrated. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, has no conscience, so I assume it did not occur to him that settling scores with John Bolton, the former national security adviser, beneath that seal was wrong, an affront to the honor of […]

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Judge Weighs Administration Request to Order Bolton to Try to Pull Back Book

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the Justice Department and John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, clashed on Friday as a federal judge weighed a Trump administration request to order Mr. Bolton to somehow claw back his memoir even though hundreds of thousands of copies were printed and distributed around the world. In a […]

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Don’t Buy John Bolton’s Book. But Don’t Ignore Its Revelations.

The American news cycle has become so manic and surreal that there hasn’t been much time to reflect on the revelation, in the new book by the former national security adviser John Bolton, that Donald Trump encouraged President Xi Jinping of China in the building of concentration camps for its Muslim Uighur minority. Bolton’s “The […]

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Targeting Bolton, Justice Dept. Again in Alignment With Trump’s Desires

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Justice Department asked a judge to order President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton to halt publication of his memoir, senior department lawyers and the White House Counsel’s Office were still debating whether to take that step, according to officials familiar with the deliberations. The Trump administration had […]

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Seizing the Presidency to Suit His Own Needs

One day in the summer of 2018, John R. Bolton commiserated with John F. Kelly over the burdens of working for President Trump. Mr. Kelly, then the White House chief of staff, had just had another argument with the president in trying to stop him from using the power of his office to punish a […]

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Bolton Unites Republicans and Democrats in Scorn Over Tell-All Book

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress may be deeply divided over law enforcement reform, what to do about the coronavirus pandemic and even whether to purge vestiges of the Confederacy from the Capitol. But on Thursday, they found consensus on one thing. Everyone, it seemed, was mad at John R. Bolton. Democrats were angry […]

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The Biggest Obstacle to China Policy: President Trump

WASHINGTON — As national security officials and some trade advisers in the Trump administration tried crafting get-tough-on-China policies to address what they viewed as America’s greatest foreign policy challenge, they ran into opposition from an unexpected quarter. President Trump himself was undermining their work. That has been the underlying tension of the last three and […]

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What John Bolton and His Book Say About Trump’s Washington

The first time I ever saw John Bolton in person, he was sitting all alone. In spring 2005, we were both in the State Department cafeteria and hoping for new jobs: He was a hawkish under secretary of state trying to become ambassador to the United Nations and I was a young kid looking for […]

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China Slams Trump Over Uighur Law Amid Bolton Accusations

China lashed out at the United States on Thursday after President Trump signed into law a bill that would allow him to impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass incarceration of more than one million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang. The rebuke came after […]

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Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, plans to publish a damning book next week depicting President Trump as a corrupt, poorly informed, reckless leader who used the power of his office to advance his own personal and political needs even ahead of the nation’s interests. The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” describes […]

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Late Night Reluctantly Joins the John Bolton Book Club

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. We’re all stuck at home at the moment, so here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. Double Booked President Trump is the subject of two tell-all […]

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Justice Dept. Escalates Legal Fight With Bolton Over Book

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department asked a federal judge on Wednesday to immediately order President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton to halt publication of his memoir, which has already been printed and distributed to booksellers around the country, saying that it contained classified information even as details emerged from it. In a […]

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Book Review: John Bolton’s ‘The Room Where It Happened’

Pity, for just an infinitesimal moment, John Bolton. There he was last January, commanding an enormous share of the public’s attention with news of a forthcoming book that reportedly included an “explosive account” of the Ukraine scandal at the center of President Trump’s impeachment trial. At the time, the National Security Council was conducting a […]

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Bolton Says Trump Impeachment Inquiry Missed Other Troubling Actions

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, says in his new book that the House in its impeachment inquiry should have investigated President Trump not just for pressuring Ukraine to incriminate his domestic foes but for a variety of instances when he sought to intervene in law enforcement matters for political reasons. Mr. Bolton […]

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John Bolton, Mary Trump and the Revenge of the Trump Tattletales

Listen to This Op-Ed Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. This article is part of Frank Bruni’s free newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it every Wednesday. Beware the number of enemies you make, and pray to […]

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Trump Administration Asks Judge to Stop Publication of Bolton’s Book

The Trump administration sued the former national security adviser John R. Bolton on Tuesday to stop the publication of his highly anticipated memoir about his time in the White House, saying it contained classified information that would compromise national security if it became public. The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is set for release […]

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Rethinking National Security for the Coronavirus Age

WASHINGTON — President Trump insists that choosing when to reopen the economy is “the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,” and, in the short term, he is undoubtedly right. It is a perilous balance of public safety versus economic revival that would test any president, even one not consumed by a looming election. But […]

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The White House Blessed a War in Libya, but Russia Won It

TRIPOLI — Early last spring, just before a planned American-backed peace conference between warring factions in Libya, the aspiring Libyan strongman Khalifa Hifter arranged a phone call with John R. Bolton, then the White House national security adviser. Mr. Hifter did not want to talk peace. A former Libyan Army general and onetime C.I.A. client, […]

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Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Of the 75 senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, 20 are either vacant or filled by acting officials, including Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary who recently was unable to tell a Senate committee how many respirators and protective face masks were available in the United States. The National Park Service, […]

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The Real Russia Story in American Politics

MOSCOW — The American political world has — once again — become consumed with the influence of Russia, trying to make sense of who the Kremlin might favor in the upcoming presidential election: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or both. But for me, an American journalist based in Moscow since 2012, that is a far less […]

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Trump, His Eye on the Border, Overlooked the Coronavirus Threat

On Jan. 20, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found for the first time that the Covid-19 coronavirus had infected an American, a man from Snohomish County, Wash., who had returned from China five days earlier. “We have it totally under control,” President Trump said the next day. “It’s one person coming in […]

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Under O’Brien, N.S.C. Carries Out Trump’s Policy, but Doesn’t Develop It

WASHINGTON — When President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, convenes meetings with top National Security Council officials at the White House, he sometimes opens by distributing printouts of Mr. Trump’s latest tweets on the subject at hand. The gesture amounts to an implicit challenge for those present. Their job is to find ways […]

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Mulvaney Says He Often Disagrees With Trump (Just Never Publicly)

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said in a wide-ranging discussion on Wednesday night that he disagreed with President Trump “every single day,” mocked a fellow administration adviser and accused Republicans of hypocrisy over the budget deficit. Mr. Mulvaney, addressing a crowd of several hundred during a question-and-answer session with the Oxford […]

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