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Trump considering replacing John Bolton: Report

Press TV – May 15, 2019

US media reports suggest that President Donald Trump is considering replacing his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton over his plans to push the United States towards a military conflict with Iran, Venezuela and North Korea.

Bolton “is headed for the exits, having flown too close to the sun on his regime change efforts for Iran, Venezuela and North Korea,” The National Interest magazine reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

“Hearing that Trump wants him out,” a former senior Trump administration official told the magazine.

There is speculation in Washington “that there’s now daylight between Trump and Bolton,” the report added.

The fighting has also expanded to include US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, officials say. A State Department official and a former White House official both report that Bolton and Pompeo are “fighting all the time.”

A former senior official in the State Department said Pompeo is enthusiastic about isolating Iran, but fearful of an actual war that might engulf much of the Middle East.

“John Bolton is the problem … Trump’s national security adviser is getting dangerous… particularly to the president’s ideals,” Douglas Macgregor, a Bolton rival and would-be successor, writes in Spectator USA.

Trump ran his election campaign on the promise to pull the US military out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria — unwinnable post-9/11 wars that have consumed American lives and military budgets.

That partial retreat remains one of Trump’s strongest points in his pitch to be the so-called outsider president.

But Bolton is working in exactly the opposite direction.

The United States has been ratcheting up economic and military pressure on Iran, with Trump recently urging Tehran to talk to him.

“What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

But then he said he would not rule out the possibility of military action in Iran amid escalating tensions before slamming former secretary of state John Kerry for his involvement in the issue.

His remarks came after Bolton said on Sunday that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in a “clear and unmistakable” message to Iran.

The Pentagon announced on Friday that the US was deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to bolster an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers already sent to the Persian Gulf.

May 15, 2019 - Posted by | Militarism | ,

6 Comments »

  1. Well, Bolton is a raving nut case, the sooner he is safely shifted out of the way, the better.

    Comment by traducteur | May 15, 2019 | Reply

  2. I’m curious if the John Kerry’s consultations with Iranian leadership (Trump says: violations of the Logan Act) may involve scripting the present standoff–to do a sting operation on Israel. Catching Zionists attempting a false flags operation on US military ships or oil tankers would help reveal the depraved false flags schemes that are a staple of the existence of the Jewish state.

    Comment by rediscover911com | May 15, 2019 | Reply

  3. Bolton is a deranged Psychopath and should be removed from his powerful position in the American Government.
    He wont be happy until he has plunged the whole Middle East into a massive war zone, which will involve multi thousands of young American soldiers who will die, for no good reason at all.
    The USA needs to clean out the other War Mongers in the top level of government as well.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 15, 2019 | Reply

    • Brian, I am far more concerned about the hundreds of thousands or millions (Vietnam; Iraq…) of Irani citizens who will experience the “shock and awe” brunt of dastardly firepower (at the bidding of and for the benefit of one satanic entity in the vicinity).

      BTW, Bolton is behind sending a carrier, 8-engine B-52s, cannon-fodder troops and similar hyper-disproportionate accoutrements of war based on “intelligence” of increasing Irani belligerence. Dare we care to guess who is supplying such “intelligence”?

      Comment by roberthstiver | May 16, 2019 | Reply

  4. I might accept this speculation if uber-Ziobast*rd Sheldon Adelson kicks the bucket and thus releases Trump from servitude. Revoltin’ Bolton is, from AM-first to PM-last, an Adelson acolyte, a full-on Zionist and Zioentity-firster…eff the U.S. All of his actions revolve around the “full-spectrum global dominance” plotted by the Satanic Zionists who already use the U.S. to hew their wood and carry their water on the way to hegemony that will be (may already be; I posit that we are far closer than nearly anyone but me and a few other prognosticators of imminent doom will admit and verbalize) strangulating and humiliating for anyone purporting to be a human being advocating truth, peace, justice, human rights, dignity, and the blessings of freedom.

    “…Bolton and Pompeo are ‘fighting all the time.’” I say bullsh*t to that. Macgregor may have an ax to grind….

    Comment by roberthstiver | May 16, 2019 | Reply


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