An “interesting statistic”: Bolton trashes Trump over the inordinate time he spends watching TV

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Former national security advisor John Bolton is still hitting the TV talk show circuit to peddle his book filled with the details of what he witnessed in his interactions with Donald Trump in the White House – details that he should have revealed under oath to Congress during the impeachment hearings except for the fact that cowardly Senate Republicans refused to hear any testimony from Bolton or any other material witnesses. 

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Despite the GOP’s emulation of Hogan’s Heroes Sargeant Schultz — “I see nothing! Nothing!” — Bolton managed to have his book published over the objections of an administration that tried to claim that the details of the president’s impeachable actions that the former national security advisor confirmed contained highly classified information.

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This morning Bolton was out trying to justify the advance money that his publisher has already paid out for his profitable political confessional by appearing on CBS‘s Face The Nation. 

He took aim at Trump by insinuating something that the public has long suspected of the president: that he spends more time watching cable news on TV than he does actually working in the Oval Office. Even worse, he relies on the news reports he sees on Fox News and other right-wing news outlets, as well as on the opinions of his billionaire buddies, to shape his policy decisions while ignoring the advice of government experts and informed advisors.

“I think it’s a combination of television and listening to people outside of the government that he trusts for one reason or another,” Bolton said on Face The Nation this morning. “I think that if you could clock the amount of time he spends actually in the Oval Office versus the amount of time he spends in the little dining room off the Oval Office with the cable news networks of one form or another on, it would be a very interesting statistic,” he continued.

Interesting indeed!

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It’s already quite apparent from the amount of time that the president spends on social media and the content that he retweets, that Trump’s days are not as productive as one would hope that the person holding the nation’s highest office would normally be.

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The Bountygate scandal has demonstrated that Trump is certainly not spending any of his work hours reading those boring intelligence briefings, and his proven lack of knowledge about the details of the constitution and our nation’s history suggests that he has little to no interest in augmenting his feeble command of domestic and foreign affairs.

Still, Bolton expressed a likely unwarranted optimism — or perhaps a snarky sarcasm — that the president would eventually acquire some semblance of historical perspective before he leaves the national stage.

“One day the president will learn a little history and we’ll be better for it,” Bolton stated hopefully, in a carefully-crafted, backhanded dis.

Despite recent reports that Bolton had personally briefed Trump about the Russian bounty paid to Taliban members who killed American soldiers as early as March of 2019, the former national security advisor declined to comment on what he might know about any intelligence surrounding the controversial issue, citing his already formidable struggles with the Trump administration over the disclosure of classified information that they claim was included in his recent book.

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“I’m not going to comment on what I did or didn’t know out of the intelligence,” Bolton said.

“I’ve said in countless other interviews, I’m not going to disclose classified information, I’ve got a struggle with the president trying to repress my book on that score already,” he added.

You can watch a clip of John Bolton’s appearance on CBSFace The Nation in the video excerpt below.

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Original reporting by Zack Budryk at The Hill.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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