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President Trump on Wednesday ripped his ex-national security adviser John Bolton, calling him “Mr. Tough Guy” and asserting that he’d damaged Trump’s effort to cut a nuke deal with Kim Jong Un.
“John wasn’t in line with what we were doing and actually in some cases he thought it was too tough what we were doing,” he said.
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“Mr. Tough Guy, you know, you had to go into Iraq. Going into Iraq was something he felt very strongly about,” the president told reporters after a White House meeting on vaping.
Bolton was an enthusiastic backer of both Iraq wars, which the president has said he opposed.
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The president also excoriated Bolton, his third national security adviser in as many years, for once suggesting that the US look to “the Libyan model” as a way to get the North Korean dictator to play ball.
Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi gave up much of his arsenal and let weapons inspectors into his country — but was later killed during the Arab Spring uprisings that were backed by the US.
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Trump said the “Libyan model” remark was “not a good statement to make” because it angered Kim, whom Trump refers to as a “friend.”
“As soon as he mentioned that, the Libyan model, what a disaster. Take a look at what happened to Gadhafi,” Trump said.
“I don’t blame...
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