Uh, John Bolton? Hello?
I have taken in recent months to addressing the president directly with my blog posts. I’ll direct these remarks to you.
You say your opinion “doesn’t matter.” Hey, you’re the friggin’ national security adviser. It most certainly does matter.
Donald Trump gave North Korean dictator/tyrant Kim Jong Un a pass on what he knew about Otto Warmbier’s imprisonment and then his death. His statement that he takes Kim “at his word” that he knew nothing about it is absurd on its face.
I would hope that you know better as the national security adviser.
You’re known as a hardliner. You’re a tough guy. Tough on Iran. Tough on the United Nations. Tough on the Islamic State and al-Qaida.
You’re also the third national security adviser to work for this president. He burned through Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster quickly. Then he brought you aboard, albeit over the objection of many of us out here. I admit to being one of those skeptics.
But you’re in the hot seat now. You have been given the responsibility of providing the commander in chief with the best national security advice he can get. If only he’d listen.
I happen to believe that your word is as valuable as any that Donald Trump is going to receive as he considers what to do about this and that threat to our national security.
Kim Jong Un is a bizarre tyrant whose hand is in every aspect of government in the country he rules with untold cruelty.
I get that you don’t want to “contradict” the president. You surely want to keep your job. It’s a big job, indeed, Mr. Bolton.
I’m just going to ask you to give Donald Trump the candid advice he needs to hear. One thing you ought to tell him is this:
“Uh, Mr. President. Don’t take Kim Jong Un’s word on anything. And for crying out loud, stop saying out loud that you ‘like’ this murderous tyrant. You cannot possibly ‘like’ an overfed tyrant who is allowing the people he rules to starve to death.”