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  • Why Donald Trump likes it when John Kelly and John Bolton fight

    10/18/2018 7:38:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 18, 2018 | Chris Cillizza, Editor-at-large
    Even by White House standards, this scrap was reportedly a doozy. Writes Kaitlan Collins and Jeff Zeleny: "A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned into a shouting match Thursday, two sources familiar with the argument told CNN." According to Collins and Zeleny, the fight -- which Trump witnessed the start of (and sided with the more hard-line Bolton) -- led some aides to speculate that one of the two combatants might leave the White House following it. (The betting money...
  • John Kelly, John Bolton trade expletives in immigration argument outside Oval Office

    10/18/2018 2:37:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2018 03:41 PM | Updated Oct 18, 2018, 05:04 PM | Diana Stancy Correll
    White House chief of staff John Kelly and White House national security adviser John Bolton hurled expletives at one another during a loud argument outside the Oval Office on Thursday. The exchange between the two was so heated, White House aides were concerned that either Kelly or Bolton would depart their posts immediately, Bloomberg reports. Sources said the dispute began over a disagreement on how to handle the surge in border crossings, and Bolton was critical of how Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was handling her job. President Trump, who earlier in the day threatened to “close our southern border”...
  • Kelly, Bolton reportedly get into White House screaming match

    10/18/2018 2:23:48 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 18, 2018 | 4:59pm | Mark Moore
    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton got into a profanity-laced argument outside the Oval Office on Thursday – a shouting match that startled West Wing staff, according to a report. The two Cabinet members got into it over the surge in border crossings and the procession of thousands of migrants from Central American countries edging closer to the United States, CNN reported. Kelly and Bolton have been feuding over the issue for days, but it broke into a full-fledged brawl on Thursday when Trump sided with Bolton. The fact that Trump backed Bolton...
  • A dark horse in the race for Nikki Haley’s UN job

    10/12/2018 11:48:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Benny Avni
    Since this week’s surprise announcement that Nikki Haley would depart by year’s end, everyone wants to know who’ll replace America’s UN ambassador — who was first dismissed, then hated, then feared and eventually appreciated, heck, even loved (at least by some). The answer, obviously, is up to the never-predictable President Trump, so most names bandied about are speculative, with many driven by wishful thinking. So here’s a wish: Christopher Burnham. Never heard of him? You may soon. Sure, there are other worthy candidates; Washington reporters come up with new ones daily. The much-advertised front-runner, former Deputy National Security Adviser Dina...
  • UN Court Siding With Iran Reveals More D.C. Cleanup Is Needed

    10/08/2018 7:21:31 AM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 19 replies
    The United States was handed yet another snub by the United Nations last week when its International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered it to undo sanctions against Iran that would interfere with the importation of humanitarian goods and services to that country. Specifically, the court ordered the United States to remove those sanctions dealing with "medicine and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities and spare parts and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation." The United States immediately cried foul with John Bolton, the United States National Security Advisor, pointing out that the ICJ had allowed itself to...
  • Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton, says 'so-called state of Palestine," uses air quotes

    10/04/2018 12:18:46 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/3/18 | Jason Lemon
    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, referred to “the so-called state of Palestine” while discussing the Middle East on Wednesday. Pressed to clarify his comments, Bolton said: “It’s accurate. It’s not a state.” He then used air quotes when mentioning “Palestine” again. Unlike the U.S. and 56 other nations, 137 member states of the United Nations officially recognize the Palestinian territories as a sovereign state. In 1948, the U.S. was the first country to officially recognize the state of Israel. Last month, the Trump administration announced it would shutter the Palestinian mission in Washington, D.C., which Palestinian leaders...
  • US blasts international court on Iran ruling, pulls out of 1955 treaty

    10/03/2018 5:30:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Crawford
    The Trump administration walked back its commitment to two international agreements Wednesday, withdrawing from a 63-year-old friendship treaty with Iran and limiting its exposure to decisions by the International Court of Justice. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the US is withdrawing from a 1955 "Treaty of Amity" with Iran after Tehran successfully made an international complaint that Washington had violated that accord. And national security adviser John Bolton, citing Iran's "abuse of the ICJ," said the US would withdraw from the "optional protocol" under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
  • Bolton Goes After the Illegitimate and Unaccountable ICC

    09/13/2018 8:50:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/13/18 | Joseph Klein
    “We will not cooperate, engage, fund, or assist the ICC in any way. This president will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign bureaucrats, and he will not allow other nations to dictate our means of self-defense U.S. national security advisor John Bolton condemned the International Criminal Court (ICC) “as a free-wheeling global organization claiming jurisdiction over individuals without their consent.” He announced in a major speech to the Federalist Society earlier this week that the Trump administration would consider strong steps to protect the American people if the ICC oversteps its bounds, such as imposing sanctions on...
  • US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

    09/10/2018 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/18 | AFP
    The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body "unaccountable" and "outright dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be "an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation." "If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly," Bolton said. He said the US was prepared to slap financial sanctions and...
  • Trump officials to announce closure of Palestinian Liberation Organization office in DC: report

    09/10/2018 7:35:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/18 11:04 PM EDT | BRETT SAMUELS
    National security adviser John Bolton is expected to announced Monday that the U.S. will shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., The Wall Street Journal reported. “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton is expected to say, according to a draft of his speech reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Bolton will reportedly threaten the International Criminal Court with sanctions if it carries out investigations into the U.S. and Israel. ADVERTISEMENT The action against the PLO, which serves as the main entity...
  • Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack

    08/26/2018 11:54:24 AM PDT · by raiderboy · 4 replies
    DW NEWS ( Germany) ^ | 8/25/2018 | DW news
    News Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack The Kremlin has claimed that rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack with the intent of blaming it on Syria. Russia also says a British contractor is helping the militants... Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday that Syrian rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack, with the aim of blaming it on the Syrian government to provoke a military response from the West. The ministry issued a statement quoting unnamed sources claiming that the jihadi group Levant Liberation Committee — also known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — is preparing an attack...
  • Bolton Confirms That the U.S. Will Defund UN Human Rights Office

    08/24/2018 5:58:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2018 | 12:33 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    National Security Advisor John Bolton on Thursday reaffirmed that the administration’s withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council is being accompanied by an end to U.S. funding for the world body’s human rights office. U.S. taxpayers have long paid the largest share. Bolton told the Associated Press in Geneva that the U.S. will defund the HRC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), by reducing by the relevant amount the sum that it pays into the regular U.N. operating budget. CNSNews.com reported on the defunding decision in June, on the same day Ambassador to the U.N....
  • National Security Advisor Bolton: Russia 'Stuck' in Syria, Iran must go.

    08/23/2018 11:57:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 22, 2018A | Reuters
    Russia is "stuck" in Syria and looking for others to fund its post-war reconstruction, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said, describing this as an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit the civil war-wracked country. Bolton said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told the United States that Moscow could not compel the Iranians to leave Syria. "But he also told us that his interest and Iran's were not exactly the same. So we're obviously going to talk to him about what role they can play," said Bolton, who meets his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in...
  • Bolton: China, Russia, Iran, And North Korea Are All Meddling In 2018 Election

    08/19/2018 8:44:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 19, 2018 | Tim Hains
    National security adviser John Bolton says in addition to Russia, there's "sufficient national security concern" that China, Iran, and North Korea are meddling in the 2018 U.S. elections. "Those are the four countries that we're most concerned about," he said in an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz. Full interview followed by transcript: JOHN BOLTON, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: Well, this is a decision for the president. It’s something that I think was originally suggested by Senator Rand Paul, perhaps others. I was aware of it, along with I think most of the president’s other senior national security advisors a few weeks...
  • North Korea Lashes Out At Administration Officials 'Going Against' President Trump

    08/11/2018 1:50:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | August 10, 2018 | Scott Neuman
    North Korea is renewing its harsh criticism of the United States for failing to live up to the spirit of the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang is sparing President Trump as it blames "some high-level officials" within the administration. The foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the U.S. should not expect North Korea to follow through on promises to denuclearize as long as Washington adheres to "old scenarios" that have failed in the past. The comments come less than two months after Trump met in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after which the president proclaimed...
  • Trump administration not 'starry-eyed' about North Korea denuclearization, John Bolton says......

    08/05/2018 8:32:09 PM PDT · by caww · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 8/5/2018 | Katelyn Caralle
    “There's nobody in this administration starry-eyed about the prospects of North Korea actually denuclearizing,” Bolton told "Fox News Sunday." “The president is giving Kim Jong Un a master class in how to hold a door open for somebody, and if the North Koreans can't figure out how to walk through it, even the president's fiercest critics will not be able to say it's because he didn't open it wide enough.” Bolton also said that there might be a time when Trump has to call out Kim for not being serious about denuclearizing and the administration will have to admit that...
  • Bolton: North Korea not taking steps to denuclearise

    08/07/2018 1:37:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 7, 2018 | Agencies
    US President Donald Trump's top national security adviser has said the relaxation of any sanctions against North Korea was not under consideration as Pyongyang has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearise. In an interview with US cable channel, Fox News, John Bolton said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is prepared to return to North Korea for another meeting with its leader, Kim Jong-un. "What we really need is not more rhetoric," he said. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearisation." Bolton said the United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration...
  • John Bolton: North Korea 'has not taken the steps' Denuclearize

    08/07/2018 12:32:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/07/18 | Jordan Fabian
    “The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox News, referring to the framework Trump and Kim agreed to during their summit in June. “It’s just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize.” The idea that we’re going to relax the sanctions just on North Korea’s say-so, I think, is something that just isn’t under consideration,” Bolton said. “We’re going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran. The president feels very strongly about it.”...
  • Bolton: Iran Must Stop Its Belligerent Behavior and Until Then, We're Tightening the Screws

    08/06/2018 11:48:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Videos at link. On Monday morning the White House officially announced the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran after the U.S. left the nuclear agreement earlier this year. “Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world,” President Trump said in a statement. During an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor John Bolton detailed the move and called on the regime to end its "belligerent" behavior. "This is an indication of how strongly we feel that the Iranian nuclear weapons...
  • Trump 'open' to visiting Moscow for meeting with Putin

    07/27/2018 1:07:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    President Trump is “open” to visiting Moscow if he receives a formal invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said Friday. "President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a reciprocal formal invitation," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Putin said Friday he is ready to invite Trump if conditions are right, and he is also ready to visit Washington. The White House statement came after National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier this week that a meeting with...