President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, has announced that he will be running against his former boss come 2024. Bolton said he made the decision to prevent the former president from winning the White House again.
Donald Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton has told us that he will run for US President in a bid to stop his former boss from getting back into the White House. pic.twitter.com/ZY66AFQ2od
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 6, 2023
Bolton, who became former President Trump’s fierce critic following his 2019 firing, made the revelation while speaking on Good Morning Britain. The one-time U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said he was planning to enter the race as a legitimate candidate and not just to stop Trump from reclaiming the White House.
“I wouldn’t run as a vanity candidate,” Bolton said on the show. “If I didn’t think I could run seriously, then I wouldn’t get in the race.”
Bolton added that he thinks President Trump’s support within the Republican party is in “terminal decline.” Bolton said his tough-guy stance on foreign policy gives him the upper hand in his White House run.
“I think it’s important that it’s understood not just in Moscow, but it’s understood in places like Beijing, that unprovoked aggression against your neighbors is not something the United States and its allies will tolerate,” Bilton said.
Bolton also revealed his sympathy for former U.K Prime Minister Liz Truss, who resigned after just 44 days on the job amid soaring mortgage rates, a plummeting pound, and a chaotic bond market. Bolton said Truss’ resignation was “very sad” and “very unfortunate for the United Kingdom.”
“The policies that she and her chancellor of the exchequer were recommending seemed to me to be perfectly sensible,” Bolton added.
Former President Donald Trump fired Bolton in a pair of tweets in September 2019, citing his many disagreements with Bolton’s suggestions. According to the New York Post, Trump and his former advisor had several clashes on North Korea and Afghanistan in the weeks that preceded Bolton’s firing.
….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
Bolton, however, put a tweet of his own contradicting Trump’s firing claim. Bolton claimed that Trump didn’t fire him and that he offered to resign.