John Bolton reportedly 'ripped Trump' and his policies during private lunch
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton turned a private lunch into a roast of President Trump, several attendees told Politico.
Bolton was asked to speak by the conservative think tank Gatestone Institute, with the invitation coming before he resigned (or was fired, depending on who you ask). The lunch, held Wednesday in Manhattan, was attended by billionaire Rebekah Mercer, attorney Alan Dershowitz, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, and former Fox News host John Stossel, and Bolton made it clear he thinks Trump's foreign policy is the pits, two attendees said.
He took umbrage at Trump inviting the Taliban to Camp David, saying it sent a "terrible signal" and was "disrespectful" to the victims fo the Sept. 11 attacks, as the Taliban let Osama bin Laden hide out in Afghanistan. He said negotiations with North Korea and Iran were "doomed to fail," and all they are worried about is easing sanctions so they can have a bit of economic relief. Bolton, one attendee told Politico, "ripped Trump, without using his name, several times."
Bolton is a longtime hardliner on Iran, and attendees said he mentioned several times that because Trump did not retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American drone in June, it emboldened Tehran. This, Bolton suggested, could be one of the reasons why Iran allegedly attacked Saudi oil facilities over the weekend. Read more about Bolton's criticisms, and how the audience received them, at Politico.