Bolton Considers The Strategic Mistake Of Meeting Donald Trump With Kim Jong-un
John Bolton considers the meeting of the leaders of the United States and North Korea a strategic mistake and, while serving in the US administration, had fears that the country's President Donald Trump would make unjustified concessions during negotiations with the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Kim Jong-un. Bolton said this on Sunday in an interview with ABC.
Referring to the first meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore in 2018, Bolton noted that trump was primarily interested in the question of how many journalists will attend his final press conference. "He focused on the fact that he had the opportunity to photograph together when the US President meets the leader of North Korea for the first time," he continued. - It attracted a lot of attention, but I think it was a strategic mistake. The US got nothing from this, and Donald Trump got a lot." This meeting, Bolton stressed, "did not provide anything for a concrete discussion on the elimination of their nuclear weapons program."
"I was extremely concerned that the President would make concessions where it is absolutely not necessary to do so," Bolton said. - As I described in my book, and this has already attracted the attention of the press, he told Kim Jong-un that we would refuse military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, which caused severe heartburn in the Ministry of defense. They [the Pentagon representatives] felt that they were not included in the number of decision-makers." "This was a case where the President, who has been in office for two years, did not seem to realize that military exercises were absolutely necessary in order for the US and South Korea to resist pressure from North Korea," he added.
Bolton was dismissed from the post of assistant on national security in September last year. His memoir, The Room Where it Happened: a White House Memoir, was due to be published in March, but its publication was then delayed until May. At the end of April, it was announced that the book was due to be released on June 23. Publisher Simon and Schuster last Friday published a Foreword to the book, according to which Bolton, in particular, compares the approach of the owner of the White House to foreign policy with real estate transactions, which leads to a weakening of the US position.
Trump announced the appointment of Bolton as his national security aide in March 2018 and dismissed him 18 months later.