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Fleitz to Newsmax TV: Bolton’s book a ‘data dump’ of confidential conversations

Originally published by Newsmax

Fred Fleitz, John Bolton’s chief of staff when he served in the State Department, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that he was “terribly disappointed” in his former boss, calling his latest book about his time as national security adviser a “data dump” of confidential conversations, particularly with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“This book is so much worse than I thought,” Fleitz said on “Greg Kelly Reports.” “It is a data dump of Bolton’s confidential discussions with the president (Donald Trump), internal policy deliberations and private discussions that Bolton had with other people.

“And you know, that’s something I didn’t expect. There’s so many private discussions that Ambassador Bolton had with Mike Pompeo in there, that in my opinion, that are intended to hurt Pompeo. I’m friends with both men, and I’m just very disappointed in John Bolton over this book.”

Fleitz’s comments come on the day Bolton’s latest tome, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” was released to the public. It covers Bolton’s 17 months in 2018 and 2019 as national security adviser under Trump.

Fleitz said he has known Bolton for 30 years, was his chief of staff when Bolton was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control from 2001–2005 under President George W. Bush and most recently served in government as chief of staff for the National Security Council under Trump.

His harshest criticism of the book centered around what he said was Bolton’s claim to be the “turning point” during his tenure with Trump.

“It wasn’t Russia, or Ukraine, or China, or dealing with Kim Jong Un, it was President Trump’s decision last June not to bomb Iran,” said Fleitz, now the president for the Center for Security Policy. “You may remember there was a recommendation by the president’s advisers to bomb multiple locations in Iran last June, because the Iranians shot down an unarmed drone.

“Well President Trump found out that would result in the deaths of 100 to 200 people. He called it off. Bolton says in the book that this was ‘the most irrational thing I’ve ever witnessed any president do.’”

Fleitz went on to describe how Bolton criticizes Trump for being unprincipled and only concerned with re-election.

“No, he does have principles. It’s called America first,” Fleitz said. “It involves keeping America out of unnecessary wars, and not starting new ones. It was the right decision. It was a principled decision.”

Fleitz and Glick featured in Fox News John Bolton interview

On June 22, 2020, on the day of the release of his new book, John Bolton did an exclusive interview with Bret Baier on Fox News Special Report.

The Center for Security Policy played a significant part in this important interview.  At the beginning of the interview, Baier played part of Fleitz’s June 19 interview with Martha MacCallum in which he said it was inappropriate for a former National Security Adviser to write a tell-all book that reveals his discussions with a sitting president.  Click this link to view the MacCallum interview: https://www.foxnews.com/media/fred-fleitz-bolton-couldnt-figure-out-trump

Baier also raised Glick’s recent article “John Bolton’s Temper Tantrum” in which she argues that although Bolton advocated some important pro-Israel policies, his ego got the best of him and he refused to accept that “he was an adviser to the president, not the president.”

Fred Fleitz: National security advisers shouldn’t release internal, candid conversations with the president

Originally published by Fox News

Former National Security Council Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz told “The Story” Thursday that the “turning point” in President Trump’s relationship with former National Security Adviser John Bolton came when the president “decided last June not to bomb Iran.”

“You may remember that a drone was shot down,” Fleitz told host Martha MacCallum. “And at the last minute, President Trump decided he was not going to attack Iran because we would have killed 100-200 people, no more.

“I thought that was a principled decision,” he added. “This wasn’t to win votes, this wasn’t to promote the president domestically. It reflected the president’s principle not to get America into additional wars. And it was an act of leadership because he bucked all of his national security advisers.”

Fleitz told MacCallum that decision by Trump “disproves” the premise of Bolton’s forthcoming memoir of his time in the administration.

“When we hear that the president doesn’t have principles [and] he’s not qualified to lead, this incident that Bolton puts forward as the turning point for his relationship with President Trump,” Fleitz added. “In my mind, it disproves the whole book.”

The 592-page book, “The Room Where it Happened,” is due to be released next week. According to portions of the book seen by Fox News and other outlets, Bolton claims that Trump regularly gives “personal favors to dictators he liked,” supported the building of additional concentration camps in China, and asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him in the 2020 election by buying more U.S. agricultural goods.

Fleitz compared Bolton unfavorably to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who Fleitz said had figured out how to work with an “unconventional president.”

“The job of these senior advisers is to work with the president, not to fight with them and implement his policies,” Fleitz said. “And I’m very sorry that John Bolton couldn’t figure out how to do that.”

Click here to watch the interview.

Fleitz: Ambassador Bolton, withdraw your book

Originally posted by Fox News

“Tune in to see Fred’s exclusive interview with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel.”

It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book on his time as President Trump’s National Security Adviser.  The book reportedly will be published in March 2020. Given the importance of protecting a president’s confidential discussions with his senior advisers, I strongly disagree with Bolton’s decision to release the book before the November presidential election and call on him to withdraw it from the publisher immediately.

 

Bolton Is Out But Overseas Crises Remain

Originally posted on Newsmax

The departure of National Security Advisor John Bolton from the Trump administration can hardly have come at a worse time. America’s enemies loathed and feared him, because he was clear-sighted, experienced, and tough.

While he headed the National Security Council (NSC), from April 2018 to September 2019, those who would visit harm on the United States or our allies and partners knew they faced an implacable foe.

President Donald Trump is likely to name a replacement for Bolton within coming days, but crises in multiple hotspots are not waiting.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who often clashed with Bolton, remains, but positions including Director and Deputy of National Intelligence (DNI) remain vacant.

Meanwhile, September 14 drone strikes against Saudi Arabia’s oil production at least temporarily took out around half of its usual 9.8 million bpd output.

Trump quickly spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman “to offer his support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense.” But although Iran’s Houthi rebel proxies in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, there is doubt about whether it was them, or Iran’s Hashd-e Shaabi Shi’ite proxies in Iraq who actually launched the attack. Secretary Pompeo accused the Tehran regime of responsibility, but cast doubt on the Houthi claim, asserting on Twitter that “there was no evidence the strikes came from Yemen.”

Whether these attacks were launched by Iraqi Shi’ite militias or the Houthis, clearly the Iranian regime was behind them even as Hamas, Hizballah, the Taliban, and the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) Qods Force all coordinate to ratchet up tensions in other areas.

In a piece at The National Interest just days before the strikes in Saudi Arabia, Ilan Berman argued that Iran and its Lebanese terror militia, Hizballah, are attempting to “fundamentally alter the strategic equation facing decision makers in Jerusalem” by providing precision guidance technology for Hizballah’s estimated 150,000 missiles.

The Israeli response has been hundreds of strikes against IRGC/Qods Force and Hizballah bases, factories, and warehouses over the last couple of years — with the pace of such operations picking up in recent months.

Nor has North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un taken any meaningful steps toward “complete, irreversible, verifiable” elimination of his nuclear weapons arsenal, as Secretary Pompeo declared remains the U.S. position at a June 2019 press conference in Seoul, South Korea. Kim has abided by a pledge made at the June 2018 Singapore summit to refrain from testing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, but has continued testing to improve accuracy and maneuverability of short-range missiles — still a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pointed out. Trump’s remark following Bolton’s departure that he understood Kim’s not wanting anything to do with him cannot have been unwelcome to Kim.

Then there is Afghanistan.

Seizing on a September 5 Taliban car-bomb attack in Kabul near the U.S. Embassy that killed a U.S. service member, Trump abruptly canceled a September 7 meeting with Taliban commanders that had been planned in secret for Camp David. National Security Advisor Bolton is strongly opposed to any dealings with the Taliban, much less what can only be termed “surrender talks” that might have culminated on U.S. soil, at Camp David, just days before 9/11. Speaking to reporters on September 9 at the White House, Trump declared about further talks with the Taliban “They’re dead. They’re dead. As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead.” And yet, Bolton is gone and Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy for talks with the Taliban, remains. Not surprisingly, the Taliban reportedly still want to continue talks with the U.S. that have been going on in Doha, Qatar, since 2018 — without the participation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani or any representatives of his government.

Finally, back to the Middle East, where the personal relationship between the U.S. President and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is closer than any before it.

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and support for Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, as well as reported forthcoming support for Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, all bode well for the future of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. And yet, there is concern at Bolton’s departure in Israel, says Caroline Glick, who notes Trump’s possible willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly later in September and even to consider reducing Iran sanctions. She concludes on a positive note, though, acknowledging that, “Bolton’s departure is a loss for Israel, because he truly is a great friend of the Jewish state. But he leaves an administration that was pro-Israel when he arrived and remains pro-Israel in his absence.”

What is critical is that the Trump administration continue to understand these myriad challenges as well as John Bolton does and that a new National Security Advisor as hard-nosed and knowledgeable as he is quickly is appointed to carry on U.S. policies so ably advanced during his tenure.

 

Bolton Leaves Big Shoes to Fill as National Security Adviser

Originally posted on The Daily Signal

John Bolton served with distinction as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser and significantly strengthened the strategic posture and outlook of the United States as the world’s superpower.

Bolton advanced a clear-eyed approach to dealing with the myriad threats facing the United States today and was uncompromising in his view that the U.S. must project strength and resolve in confronting its enemies.

A big-picture strategic thinker with decades of foreign-policy experience who frequently challenged conventional wisdom, Bolton was a powerful force for American exceptionalism and leadership as national security adviser. He played a leading role in advancing Trump’s “America First” approach to foreign policy.

Bolton was at the forefront of the president’s policy of maximum pressure against the Iranian regime, which has succeeded in bringing the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to its knees economically.

Under Bolton’s leadership at the National Security Council, combined with that of Mike Pompeo at the State Department, Iran’s capacity to conduct terrorism abroad, intervene in foreign wars, and build its military capability has been undermined.

Bolton was an early supporter of the U.S. withdrawal from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) negotiated by the Obama administration. As national security adviser, he was at the forefront of ensuring that this hugely flawed deal cannot be revived by Tehran.

Bolton was also instrumental in shaping the U.S. response to the Venezuela crisis and a host of other international issues, from confronting Russian aggression in Europe and the Middle East to pressuring NATO allies to invest more in the common defense.

Bolton rightly placed strengthening the transatlantic alliance at the very heart of strategic thinking in the White House and was a powerful adversary for Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He consistently stood up to Russian aggression and threats to Europe and made it clear at every opportunity to the Kremlin that the United States would stand with and defend its allies in the face of the Russian bear.

U.S. leadership in Asia was also bolstered under Bolton, and his support for Taiwan helped lead to the best U.S.-Taiwan relationship in 40 years. And he was at the forefront of the Trump administration pushing back on Chinese designs in the Indo-Pacific in ways that strengthened America’s presence and credibility.

As national security adviser, Bolton was a staunch defender of the fundamental importance of national sovereignty and self-determination, and was a prominent backer of Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union and the U.S.-U.K. “special relationship.”

Bolton understood the tremendous importance of Brexit to the United States and offered his full backing to British efforts to free itself from the shackles of the European Union. He was a great friend for Britain in the White House and a key architect of the United States’ overall approach to dealing with the European Union under Trump, which represented a significant shift away from the “Euro-federalism” of the Obama administration.

Bolton leaves the White House in a stronger position to meet the challenges facing the United States today. He led the National Security Council with resolve and determination at a time when the enemies of the free world seek to harm the United States, its allies, and global security on several fronts.

He was uncompromising in his view that powerful American leadership matters on the world stage and that the United States must work closely with its key allies to advance U.S. interests.

Bolton will be remembered as one of the most effective national security advisers of recent times and leaves a powerful legacy after serving his country in the White House.

CARLIN: Are Democrats Enabling Khameini’s Agenda?

The world is witnessing a steady escalation in tensions playing out in the Persian Gulf. Regional experts are debating the drivers behind this conflict and the prospects of future lethal entanglements. Many on the Left blame Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and his “war-monger” tactics, as the root of rising tensions. In the past two weeks, mainstream media outlets have attempted to disconnect Bolton’s hardline anti-Iran policy recommendations from those of the president. This tactic to disassociate Bolton’s views from the president’s views is clearly meant to undermine the administration’s Iran policy.

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