John Bolton suggested that Donald Trump listened to television more than his advisers, as he said he would be “interested” to see statistics on the time he watched television versus working in the Oval Office.
John Bolton suggested Sunday morning that Donald Trump is paying more attention to television than his advisers, saying he would be interested in seeing a statistic on the time the President spends in the Oval Office compared to television.
“I think if you could synchronize the time actually spent in the oval office with the time spent in a small dining room outside the oval office with cable information networks, in one form or another, – that would be a very interesting statistic, “Bolton told CBS News’ Face the Nation.
Trump’s former national security adviser was asked if the president’s thinking was more shaped by what he looked at in the media or by his assistants and advisers.
“I think it’s a combination of television and listening to people outside of government that he trusts for one reason or another,” said Bolton to CBS host Margaret Brennan.
Trump often spends his morning tweeting about what’s being said and featured in Fox News’ Fox & Friends and other morning news shows.
He also tweets and expresses his anger in other ways at the networks and newspapers he calls “fake news,” including CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and MSNBC.
“I think if you could synchronize the time actually spent in the oval office with the time spent in a small dining room outside the oval office with cable information networks, in one form or another, – that would be a very interesting statistic, “the former national security adviser told CBS
Trump spends much of his days tweeting about fake media and what’s covered by network news
The former national security adviser served in the Trump administration from April 2018 to September 2019, and Trump constantly claims that he fired Bolton.
The President and Bolton have often expressed their differences of opinion regarding national security and how to engage in foreign affairs, and Trump often references Bolton’s April 2018 comment where he stated that the United States should pursue a “Libyan model” when dealing with North Korea.
Trump told Fox News that it was “one of the stupidest things I have ever seen on television.”
Bolton says he maintains his comments.
“I don’t think I could be clearer in talking about the 2003-2004 Libyan model, we had a clear strategic decision for Muammar Gaddafi to abandon Libya’s nuclear weapons program, we never had that from North Korea, “said Bolton. Brenner.
“Someday the president will learn a bit of history and we will be better for it,” he added.
Bolton, who insists he has resigned, has returned to the media scene last month by publishing a book on his 17 months in the Trump 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 criticized Bolton for publishing the book, saying he should have released this information when the House Intelligence Committee assigned Bolton.