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About the only thing you could say for Trump is that he was, temperamentally, more of an isolationist and less of a neo-con globalist interventionist than Hillary, and so his appointment of Bolton in the first place was somewhat odd. Bolton "there never was a US led war that Bolton didn't like" is the classic interventionist and Trump boasted that it was he who often had to restrain his Nat. Security Advisor's wilder schemes.

That said, Trump is notoriously flaky, from day to day, and open to all kinds of crazy ideas put into his head by key advisors, notably Jared Kushner. I still expect an October war with Iran to help him secure re-election...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 09:48:13 AM EST
In a typical move, Trump was using Bolton's penchant to dress him down in public:

`Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade': Trump once `joked' John Bolton wants `to nuke them all'

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

According to the report, Trump likes to interact in this way with Bolton, and at times, that involves awkward comments in front of foreign heads of state.

by Bernard on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 06:35:13 PM EST
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