“Simply False”: John Bolton Rejects Story About Trump Disparaging Soldiers
If there is any former member of the Trump administration who would cherish the thought of throwing the president under the bus more than John Bolton, we’re not sure who it would be. After leaving the administration last year, Bolton couldn’t wait to rush to his computer and type up a 600-page screed against Trump, the administration’s foreign policy, and the whole Ukraine non-scandal. There is no love lost between Bolton and Trump, so if the former natsec adviser was able to add fuel to the “Trump disparaged dead soldiers” story, we have no doubt that he would have jumped at the chance.
That he did just the opposite speaks volumes as to the veracity of that original story.
“According to what that article said, the president made disparaging remarks about soldiers and people buried in the cemetery in connection with the decision for him not to go to the ceremony that was planned that afternoon, and that was simply false,” Bolton said on Fox News Monday. “I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false.”
Well, that’s really the thing, isn’t it. No one knows who told the author that, because the author cloaked the four names in anonymity. So far, no fewer than ten people have come out, on the record, and denied that President Trump ever said the things he’s quoted as saying in the article. Not a single person has come out and accused the president of calling dead soldiers “losers” or the other terrible things he was alleged to have said in the Atlantic piece. Not a single person willing to put their name and reputation behind it, anyway.
Bolton said the decision not to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France had nothing to do with the president’s feelings about the troops and certainly nothing to do with his personal concern about his hair.
“The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery,” Bolton said.
He told Fox News that then-Chief of Staff John Kelly gave Trump “logistical reasons why the trip couldn’t take place and the president assented to the recommendation that he not go.”
Again, Bolton is not out there as a character witness for the president. In fact, he went out of his way to tell host Martha MacCallum that he wouldn’t be particularly surprised if he learned that Trump actually said some of the things recorded in the article.
“The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump,” Bolton said. “I was simply responding to what I thought the main point of the Atlantic article that at the critical point Saturday morning when the decision was made not to go to Aisne-Marne that he made the disparaging remarks, and he did not.”
When someone who hates you refutes a story that could seriously damage your election chances, it carries a lot more weight.
Certainly more weight than anonymous sources in a magazine funded by Biden supporters.