John Bolton tells Donald Trump to learn some history after the president mocked his former national security adviser for saying North Korea should give up its nuke program like Libya did in 2003
John Bolton insisted Sunday that Donald Trump needs to learn about history so he can better conduct national security and foreign policy.
The former national security adviser made the comments Sunday morning during an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation when defending his decision to follow the ‘Libyan model’ when dealing with North Korea.
‘I don’t think I could be clearer in talking about the Libya model of 2003-2004, we had a clear strategic decision for Muammar Qaddafi to give up Libya’s nuclear weapons program, we have never had that from North Korea,’ Bolton told host Margaret Brenner.
‘One day the president will learn a little history and we’ll be better for it,’ he added.
Trump and Bolton often clashed on how to deal with foreign leaders, especially North Korea’s Kim Jong Un – with whom the president claims to have good rapport.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton said Donald Trump need to ‘learn a little history’ when responding to criticism over his theory of dealing with North Korea’s defiance on nuclear weapons
Trump said at the time that Bolton suggesting using the ‘Libyan model’ on North Korea was ‘one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen on television’
Bolton, who served in the Trump administration for 17 months and was known as a national security hawk, wanted to have a heavy hand in forcing the authoritarian regime to give up its nuclear weapons, but Trump has not demanded such a commitment.
The president and Bolton often aired their differences in opinion regarding national security and how to engage in foreign affairs, and Trump often points to an April 2018 comment from Bolton where he said the U.S. should pursue the ‘Libya model.’
Bolton, who was serving as George W. Bush’s 3rd Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairsat the time, is referencing the Bush-era deal to eliminate Libya’s weapons of mass destruction program – and Bolton had a key role during initial negotiations with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
While Bolton did oppose the deal, he supported the NATO-led military intervention in the Middle Eastern country that toppled Gaddafi’s regime.
Bolton later served as Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump told Fox News that Bolton making the comments about the so-called ‘Libyan model’ was ‘one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen on television.’
Brennan asked Bolton if that was the moment his relationship with the president was ruined.
‘Well, who knows? I guess the president’s discontent with me ought to have him asking who hired that guy to begin with? Maybe he’s the one who needs to be fired,’ Bolton said, referencing that Trump was keen on hiring him in the first place.
Trump continues to claim he fires Bolton while the former national security adviser insists he resigned.
Bolton has launched himself back into media relevance as he released a book last month about his 17 months in Trump’s administration.
‘The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir’ included a plethora of revelations about Trump’s thinking and his interaction with world leaders as Bolton accompanied him on several international trips.
Democrats and Republicans have bashed Bolton for releasing the book, claiming he should have revealed that information when the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Bolton.