John Bolton on Trudeau, Canada’s tensions with China and not voting for Trump

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John Bolton may no longer be a member of the Trump administration – or even a supporter of the President – but the former US national security adviser still believes in the country’s weight on the world stage, which he says is used to support Canada in a context of tension. with China.”The negative consequences caused by the Trump presidency can be overcome,” he said in an interview with The NationalAdri s Adrienne Arsenault, noting however that “the position of the United States in the world has not fundamentally changed”.

“Those who are anti-American will take Trump as an example of America in decline, and they would be wrong. ”

Bolton was fired by Donald Trump in September and has since written a book about his stay at the White House

He said the United States is still a force to be reckoned with and that the country will be invaluable in its efforts to secure the release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, two Canadians detained in China as what Bolton called reprisals. for Canada arresting Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou. at the request of the United States

“Obviously, they were attacking Canada rather than arresting American citizens. That says a lot about the character of this diet, ”said Bolton.

“This is why we are concerned about Huawei and [Chinese telecommunications company] ZTE to start. They are weapons of the State of China, they are not commercial telecommunications companies as we understand it in the West and they have a much broader mission than good telephone connections.

“So when they put pressure on a small country like Canada, it is important for all of us to come together and present a united front. ”

WATCH | U.S. supports Canada in arrests in China, says Bolton:

John Bolton says the United States is supporting Canada after two Canadians have been arrested in China. 1:28

Bolton said he was thinking of Trudeau’s advice to stay firm on Meng’s extradition not as pressure, but as the United States reassuring Canada “We were not going to let the Chinese draw. ”

He also noted that Canada’s relations with the United States were strained under Trump, but would remain strong, and he praised Justin Trudeau for the Prime Minister’s “responsible” interactions with the President.

“It is not easy for a foreign leader, especially on the part of American allies, to deal with this abnormal president,” he said. “The fundamental relationship between two countries really transcends the whims, even of the election of a national leader.”

WATCH | Bolton hails Trudeau’s “responsible” behavior with Trump:

John Bolton said it was not easy for foreign leaders to work with Trump and praised Justin Trudeau’s “responsible” interactions with the president. 1:27

When the time comes to vote in the next presidential election, Bolton has said he will not vote for Trump – nor for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

“I’m going to write in a conservative Republican. I think it’s the right thing philosophically to do, “he said, acknowledging that some people who voted for Trump in 2016 or who didn’t vote at all will vote for Biden.

“I respect this choice but it is not mine.

“For a conservative Republican – and I have been one since I was 15 and I distribute leaflets for Barry Goldwater – this is not a happy moment. “

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