‘Trump should not be president,' John Bolton says

The former national security adviser, in excerpts from an exclusive ABC News interview, discusses his 17 months in Donald Trump's administration.
2:52 | 06/22/20

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You supported Donald Trump during the 2016 election you watched his first fifteen months in office. What did you think of the job he was doing not to that point I think I made a mistake I think I overrated the chances to make this into a coherent. Rational systematic. Decision making process to advance American interest. But I had confidence going ended many of the stories were distorted. That turned out not to be right you say. That you were astonished. By what use our president for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered. Even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation well I think he was so focused on the re election. Longer term considerations. Fell by the wayside and I think it became very clear to foreign leaders. That they were dealing with a president who just wasn't serious about many of these issues how would you rate Trump's ability to make a deal in North Korea. Well I think it turned out clearly at this point to be zero how would you describe trumps relationship with Vladimir Putin's I think Putin thinks he can plan like a fiddle what happened to the dealmaker in situations. Well the president and it may well be a superb dealmaker when it comes to Manhattan real estate dealing with Syria. Dealing with arms limitation treaties on strategic weapons. Dealing in many many other international. A security issues are things far removed from his life experience do you think. US national security is stronger or weaker because president term. I think we're in a weaker position around the world I think we have given up. Leadership in a wide variety of areas I saw the truck administration as a chance to correct and we corrected precious little. What would you say to the American people as you sit here. Donald Trump one. He is president of the United States he has a very strong base of support I tried to write a book that took the seven. Teen months I spent his national security advisor. And reveal a picture of the president that. People control their own conclusions from not my conclusion is clear I don't think he should be president. I don't think he's fit for office and I don't think he has the confidence to carry out the job. I don't think he's a conservative Republican I'm not gonna vote for him in November certainly not going to vote for Joseph Biden either I'm gonna figure out a conservative Republican. To write again. How do you think history will remember Donald Trump. I hope it will remember him as a one term president. Who didn't plunge the country you're retrieve the bully into a downward spiral we can. Or call from we can get over ones her two terms I'm more troubled about.

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