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Wed Mar 2, 2022, 06:29 AM

John Bolton: Trump Made It 'That Much Easier' for Putin to Invade Ukraine

Former President Trump’s top national security adviser thinks his old boss did “a lot of damage” to U.S.-Ukraine relations during his time in office—and emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said Trump’s delay of military aid to Ukraine in 2019, as he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for dirt on then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, made clear to Putin exactly how little Trump cared about Ukraine

“He obviously saw that Trump had contempt for the Ukrainians. I think that had an impact,” Bolton told VICE News on Tuesday.

Bolton, a top Republican foreign policy hawk who also served as President George W. Bush’s United Nations Ambassador, fought hard inside the Trump administration to make sure the military aid Trump was withholding eventually got released, over protestations from Trump lackeys—then promptly resigned from office. He said he doesn’t regret that he didn’t testify at Trump’s first impeachment trial, which investigated Trump’s attempts at a quid pro quo in Ukraine, but said that he thought a broader investigation “could have led to impeachable offenses.”

Bolton spoke with VICE News about his experiences within the Trump administration as Trump bullied Zelenskyy, the impact that had on Ukraine’s ability to deter or fight off an invasion, and his thoughts on Trump recently calling Putin a “genius.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3abjgn/john-bolton-interview-russia-ukraine


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Reply John Bolton: Trump Made It 'That Much Easier' for Putin to Invade Ukraine (Original post)
douglas9 Mar 2022 OP
Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 2022 #1
NCjack Mar 2022 #2
agingdem Mar 2022 #3
Midnight Writer Mar 2022 #4
lastlib Mar 2022 #5
tanyev Mar 2022 #6
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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 06:43 AM

1. And Bolton made it that much easier for Trump to

make it that much easier for Putin to Invade Ukraine.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 07:58 AM

2. +1. He is still trying to be relevant.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 09:08 AM

3. and he made it so much easier

for Bush/Cheney to invade Iraq...those WMD's...still looking??...Bolton is pissed because Trump fired him...and Trump fired the mustachioed douchebag because Bolton wasn't a big fan of Trump's love affair with despots...all the other Trump loathsome outrages were ok...dictator ass-kissing?...a bridge too far...

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 09:47 AM

4. Bolton slobbered all over Trump so he could be part of TeamTrump. Now he gets righteous?

He promoted Trump's candidacy, he joined Trump's Administration, he carried water for and defended Trump's policies, he refused to cooperate with investigations of Trump's Administration, he kept silent when he knew Trump was committing impeachable offenses, he made bank writing a book about the crimes he watched TeamTrump commit.

Now he runs around blaming the people who tried to stop Trump because they didn't try hard enough?

Who cares what this nincompoop has to say? Has he ever been right about anything, ever?

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 10:21 AM

5. Bolton, you may proceed with self-fornication.

With a pitchfork.

You boxcar-load of diarrheic whaleshit.....

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 02:25 PM

6. "He obviously saw that Trump had contempt for the Ukrainians. I think that had an impact"

I think Bolton is putting the chicken before the egg there. The whole reason Trump acted the way he did toward Ukraine is because he knew what Putin wanted. That started in 2016 already, probably under Manafort's influence, with the Trump campaign insisting on only one area of change in the Republican party platform--their statement of support for Ukraine. Even after Manafort was gone, there were likely multiple ways that message was still getting to Donny.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Mar 2, 2022, 04:01 PM

7. Ukraine is the sole reason Putin installed Trump.

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