President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to lambast his former national security adviser, John Bolton, accusing him of wanting to “start World War Six” over his hawkish foreign policy views.
The president’s comments came after reports earlier this week claimed that Bolton says in a forthcoming book Trump told him he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until that country agreed to launch corruption investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
The report has complicated the Senate’s impeachment trial of the president because it appears to have swayed some Republicans into agreeing with Democrat demands to call Bolton as a witness.
“For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, ‘begged’ me for a non Senate [sic] approved job, which I gave him despite many saying ‘Don’t do it, sir,’ takes the job, mistakenly says ‘Libyan Model’ on T.V.,” Trump tweeted.
“…[A]nd … many more mistakes of judgement [sic], gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?”
The Democrat-led impeachment of the president hinged on alleged “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” both charges tied to claims that Trump tried to force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching probes of the Bidens in exchange for military aid.
The investigations were never launched and after a short delay, the lethal military aid was delivered.
The president and his defenders have pointed to the transcript of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky which does not contain any evidence of a direct “quid pro quo.”
Bolton said earlier this week that he did not coordinate with press outlets to release information allegedly contained in his upcoming book.
Rather, his spokesman said it’s likely that portion of the book was leaked, as a copy of the manuscript has been with the White House for weeks being vetted for classified information.