- John Bolton says Trump wouldn’t have stood in the way of Putin if Russia had invaded Ukraine when he was president.
- Bolton added that Trump did not understand “what the stakes were” in Ukraine.
- He also criticized Trump, calling his former boss’s glorification of Putin “embarrassing”.
John Bolton, the former US national security adviser, says his ex-boss, former President Donald Trump, would not have stood in the way of Putin if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened. produced when he was in power.
“Well, I’m not sure he would have done much, frankly,” Bolton said in an interview with Vice published March 1, responding to a question about what Trump might have done if Russia had attacked. Ukraine when he was president.
“But you never know with Trump. It depends on the time of day, it depends on what he thought his political advantage would be at any given time. I don’t think ultimately he would have stands in the way of Putin,” Bolton said. said Vice.
Bolton said he thought Trump’s glorification of Putin was “embarrassing to the United States.” He also said he doesn’t think Trump cares about Ukraine in the first place.
“It’s hard for me to describe how little he knows,” Bolton said in the interview with Vice.
“When you’re operating on such a misunderstanding of the circumstances you’re talking about, ultimately your opinions must be totally wrong,” Bolton added. “And eventually reality triumphs, and those opinions are seen for the fragile, twisted thoughts that they really are.”
In the same interview, Bolton criticized Trump for his lack of understanding of “what the stakes were in Ukraine.”
“He once asked (then White House Chief of Staff) John Kelly if Finland was part of Russia. What he was interested in was the DNC server, Hunter Biden, the 2016 election and the election. of 2020,” Bolton said.
Bolton said in an interview on Newsmax this week that Trump “barely knew where Ukraine was”, pushing back against Newsmax host Rob Schmitt’s claim that Trump as president would have been better off. managed Russia than Biden.
Trump has criticized the Biden administration, saying it was their ‘foolishness’ and ‘incompetence’which led to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He also baselessly claimed that the crisis would never have happened if he had been president.
Trump was impeached in 2019 for withholding nearly $400 million in vital military aid from Ukraine. During his tenure, Trump also repeatedly criticized NATO and raised the possibility of the United States leaving the alliance.
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