When he wants to be, President Trump can be brutally funny.
Given the gravity of his position within the world, it is probably necessary that our Commander in Chief keep a sense of humor in his back pocket. In this case, however, his biting wit has a very specific target: John Bolton.
The former national security adviser and well-known war hawk is hoping to release a book in the coming weeks that would rebuke President Trump’s assertion that his requests of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were appropriate, and were not tied to military aid as the Democrats portend.
Trump, in his signature style, explained just why Bolton isn’t to be trusted.
Trump lashed out at Bolton on Twitter on Wednesday, saying Bolton “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 approved job” and added that “if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now.”
Trump added that Bolton “goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?”
The White House also threatened to block the release of the book on grounds that it contained a glut of confidential and supposedly “top secret” information.
Democrats are hoping to call Bolton as an impeachment witness in the Senate trial of Trump, pending the outcome of a vote on Friday that will determine just how the process will continue.