Trump is not the only President who had to deal with a disgruntled and ignored John Bolton taking cheap shots at him – Bush did too.
“I spent political capital for him,” George Bush once said bitterly of one-time aid John Bolton before calling the failed neocon “not credible.”
And how could he be?
John Bolton is one of the few guys who can say he was in the room when most of the stupid decisions America made over the last decades.
The guy never met a war he didn’t like and it should not come as a surprise he is selling his book at the same time he goes after Trump.
From The Federalist:
In 2008, then-President George W. Bush bitterly recounted his decision to hire Bolton over the objections of the Senate at the time. In 2005, Bush recess-appointed Bolton as his top envoy to the United Nations after it became clear he would not win Senate confirmation.
“Let me just say from the outset that I don’t consider Bolton credible,” Bush reportedly told an assembled group of political writers.
Bolton was one of the primary proponents of the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, requiring a ground invasion and regime change by U.S. troops. “We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction and production facilities in Iraq,” Bolton said in 2002.
Even after those claims were debunked and the promised weapons of mass destruction were never found, he remained a steadfast supporter of the Iraq War, claiming it couldn’t be proved that the ensuing chaos was caused by the decision to remove Hussein from power.