Ingraham: Boltin’ from the White House

Ingraham: Boltin’ from the White House


WHITE HOUSE. THAT’S THE FOCUS OF TONIGHT ANGLE. WHEN THE STORY BROKE THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JOHN BOLTON WAS FIRED, TRUMP HATING POLITICOS AND MEDIA TYPES SEIZED ON THE DEPARTURE AS MORE EVIDENCE THAT THE DOORS ARE COMING OFF THE WHITE HOUSE. SPEAK OF THE MOST CONVINCING EVIDENCE THAT WE’VE SEEN OF LATE THAT WE HAVE A GOVERNING CRISIS.>>DETECTED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DISARRAY AND CHAOS.>>NOBODY LAST LONG IN THE CHAOS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.>>IT PROJECTS INSTABILITY TO ALLIES AND ADVERSARIES.>>I DON’T THINK WE CAN EMPHASIZE ENOUGH AND I HAVE HEARD FROM A SENIOR DEMOCRATIC FOREIGN POLICY MAVEN, IF YOU WILL COME OF THE AMOUNT OF DYSFUNCTION IN THE FOREIGN POLICY APPARATUS.>>Laura: POLICY MAVEN, IF YOU WILL? AS USUAL, THE LEMMINGS ARE TOTALLY JUMPING OFF THE LEDGE TOGETHER, OKAY? HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I WAS A 22-YEAR-OLD WHITE HOUSE STAFFER. YOU KNOW WHAT I LEARNED? YOU WORK AT THE PLEASURE OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU ACCEPT ANY POSITION IN ANY ADMINISTRATION, YOUR JOB IS TO PURSUE THE GOALS OF THE PRESIDENT, NOT YOUR OWN. YOUR JOB IS TO FIND WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PRIORITIES, NOT YOUR OWN. YOUR JOB IS TO ADVOCATE HIS WORLDVIEW, NOT YOUR OWN. STICK WITH THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO THE STAFF THAT HE WANTS. AT ANY MOMENT, STAFF PERSON WHO WORKS DIRECTLY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE SHOULD HAVE PEOPLE WHO HE TRUSTS IN VALUE.>>Laura: THAT WAS POMPEO TODAY. I HAVE KNOWN JOHN BOLTON FOR DECADES. HE’S APPEARED ON THE SHOW MANY TIMES. WE OBVIOUSLY REALLY LIKE HIM AND RESPECT HIM VERY MUCH. BUT HIS POSITION AT THE WHITE HOUSE, LET’S ALL BE HONEST, IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A COMPLICATED FIT. REMEMBER, BOLTON OF COURSEWORK FOR GEORGE W. BUSH IN ONE POSITION AS U.N. AMBASSADOR AND IN SOME AREAS, HE IS CLOSER TO THE INTERVENTIONIST WING OF THE G.O.P. THEN HE IS TO TRUMP AMERICA FIRST VIEW. I STILL REMEMBER WHEN THE DEMOCRATS USED TO AGREE WITH BEING A LESS INTERVENTIONIST POWER. BUT THEN TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME TOOK HOLD AND THEY BECAME WALKING CONTRADICTIONS OF THEMSELVES. HERE’S WHAT DEMOCRAT SOUNDED LIKE WHEN BOLTON WAS APPOINTED.>>JOHN BOLTON DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT HE WAS BEING HIRED FOR. LET ALONE NOT KNOWING THAT HE WAS BEING HIRED. JOHN BOLTON IS A DANGEROUS MAN.>>JOHN BOLTON I THINK IS A DISASTROUS PICK. TO BE IT COMES TO JOHN BOLTON, OF CONGRESS DOES NOT WANT TO GO TO WAR, NOW IT’S TIME TO PUT RESTRAINTS ON THE PRESIDENT.>>Laura: HERE IS WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE NOW.>>ON A COUPLE KEY ISSUES, THIS FAILED IDEA FOR A SUMMATIVE CAMP DAVID IN THESE COLOSSAL FAILURES WITH NORTH KOREA, BOLTON WAS RIGHT.>>NEEDED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WHO WAS WILLING TO GIVE YOUR ALTERNATIVE VIEWS.>>JOHN BOLTON WILL LAND ON HIS FEET. HE ALSO HAS A KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CERTAIN WAYS OF THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS.>>Laura: THAT COULD BE MY FAVORITE THEN AND NOW EVER BY THE WAY. EVEN NATE SILVER SAW THIS FOR WHAT IT WAS, IN HIS TWEET SAYING “ABM A SIMPLETON BUT IT SEEMS LIKE YOU CRITICIZED BOLTON’S HIRING, YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T ALSO CRITICIZE HIS FIRING.” MEDIA GOOFBALLS ARE FOCUSED ON THE DISCREPANCY WHETHER BOLTON WOULD QUIT OR WHETHER HE WAS FIRED. HE SAYS THE FARMER AND RELEASE THIS TERSE RESIGNATION LETTER DATED TODAY. TRUMP SAID HE ASKED FOR THE RESIGNATION, TRANSLATION FIRED HIM LAST NIGHT. WHO CARES WHICH IT WAS? IT WAS LONG OVERDUE. TRUMP’S ALLEGIANCE ISN’T ANY PARTICULAR PROCESS OR ANY PARTICULAR CABINET MEMBER BUT TO THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED HIM AND TO THE COUNTRY AT LARGE. HE IS A TRUE MAVERICK BECAUSE HE CAME LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN AT THE OLD G.O.P. FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENT THAT HAD GOTTEN US BOGGED DOWN IN TWO COSTLY WARS AS CHINA GREW BASICALLY UNCHALLENGED. TRUMP PROMISED TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN AND YET AT THE MILITARY NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS HAVE MOSTLY RESISTED HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY ON THAT GOAL. THIS FRUSTRATES THE PRESIDENT TO NO END. HE KNOWS MOST AMERICANS DON’T JUST WANT OUR TROOPS BACK HOME BUT THEY DON’T EVEN THINK THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WERE WORTH FIGHTING. BUT THE OLD BUSH TEAM OF COURSE THEY WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. DESPITE OBAMA’S ELECTION THEN, TRUMP’S ELECTION, OF COURSE OBAMA CAME IN AT 2008 AND THEN TRUMP IN 2016 WHICH REPRESENTED A BIPARTISAN AND TOTAL REPUDIATION OF THE BUSH DOCTRIN DOCTRINE.>>HE LEFT OUR TROOPS IN EUROPE FOR 45 YEARS UNTIL GERMANY COULD UNIFY BETWEEN 1945 AND 1990. WE ARE STILL THERE. WE KEEP THE PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA SINCE 1953. I KNOW AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES BUT FRANKLY THERE’S NOBODY BUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT CAN DO THIS.>>Laura: WE LOVE CONDI BUT IT’S NOT 1945 OR 1953. IT’S THE 21ST CENTURY. TWO WARS THAT BEGAN POST 9/11, THIS IS WHERE PUBLIC OPINION IS. LOOK AT IT. 62% SAY IRAQ WASN’T WORTH FIGHTING. 59% SAY AFGHANISTAN WASN’T WORTH FIGHTING. SO LOOK. CONTRARY TO BEING A SIGN OF CHAOS, THE BOLTON NEWS I THINK SHOWS A COMMITMENT TO PRINCIPLE AND EFFICIENCY. ANYONE WHO CAN’T PRODUCE RESULTS AND ANYONE WHO CAN’T GET ON BOARD WITH THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA SHOULDN’T BE INSIDE WORKING TO OPPOSE HIM OR UNDERMINE HIM. H.R. MCMASTER WAS CANNED AFTER SOME THOUGHT HE BUMBLED HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. TILLERSON WAS A COLOSSAL FAILURE AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. PRICE WAS FIRED AFTER MAKING NO HEADWAY ON DRUG PRICES. KIRSTJEN NIELSEN WAS GONE WHEN SHE COULDN’T MANAGE THE BORDER CRISIS. SESSIONS WERE SHOWN THE DOOR AT DOJ AFTER MYRIAD MISTAKES INCLUDING ONE THAT LED TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL. GARY COHN QUIT WHEN HE LOST THE DEBATE ON TARIFFS. AND LET’S NOT FORGET ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI. HE WAS OUT AFTER TEN DAYS I WAS PRESS SECRETARY WHEN IT BECAME TOO MUCH MOCHE AND NOT A HALF MAGA. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IMPATIENT FOR RESULTS AND HE’S GOING TO CHANGE PERSONNEL AS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE THEM. I WILL TAKE THAT ANY DAY OVER SOMEONE WHO CAVALIERLY COPES ON THE STATUS QUO OR DOUBLES DOWN ON FAILURE WITH A SWAGGER. TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY IS BEST DESCRIBED AS PRUDENT REALISM. HE BELIEVES THAT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE U.S. ECONOMY NOW REPRESENTS ABOUT 20 TO 25% OF THE GLOBAL GDP, WE NEED TO MAXIMIZE OUR LEVERAGE WISELY. TRUMP ACTUALLY CONSIDERS HOW MUCH MILITARY MISSIONS COST. COST OUR TAXPAYERS THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. AND WHETHER THEY MAKE OUR LIFE HERE BETTER AND SAFER AT HOME. AGAIN, THE BUSHES, VERY PATRIOTIC PEOPLE AND WE HONOR THEIR SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT BUT THEY DIDN’T SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORRYING ABOUT THOSE DETAILS. SO LOOKING BACK ON IT, IS THAT APPROACH MORE MORAL THAN TRUMP’S WHEN OUR CITIZENS DRIVE ON ROADS AND BRIDGES THAT ARE FALLING APART? MOST VOTERS THINK WE SHOULD FIX OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR AIRPORTS BEFORE WE TRY TO FIX SYRIA’S. RIGHT NOW, TRUMP HAS A STELLAR TEAM IN PLACE. JUST TO NAME A FEW, SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO, ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR, BOB LIGHTHIZER A TRADE, NEVER BEEN A TRADE REP BETTER THAN HE. STEVE MINASIAN AT TREASURY. ALEX LAZAR AT HHS, PHENOMENAL. MARK ESPER, ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, TERRIFIC. THEY’LL UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE IS TO ADVANCE THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA. THAT’S THE WAY IT WORKS. SURE, YOU OFFER YOUR ADVICE AND SOMETIMES YOU DEBATE. THE PRESIDENT IS FINE WITH THAT, BUT THEN YOU GET ON BOARD WITH WHATEVER HE DECIDES, NOT YOUR DECISION.

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