Graham reveals Trump’s possible Bolton replacements

Graham reveals Trump’s possible Bolton replacements


BRET.>>Bret: RICH EDSON AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THANK YOU. POLITICAL WASHINGTON OBVIOUSLY BUZZING TONIGHT ABOUT THE DEPARTURE OF JOHN BOLTON AS THE PRESIDENT’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. JOINING US TONIGHT TO TELL US WHAT HE KNOWS, SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER AND CHAIR OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, LINDSEY GRAHAM OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>Bret: SEE THIS COMING?>>A BIT. A PERSONALITY POLICY DIFFERENCE THAT LED TO A CHANGE. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW JOHN BOLTON SERVE THE COUNTRY WELL, HE GAVE THE PRESIDENT GOOD ADVICE, BUT THE ONE THING YOU’VE GOT TO LEARN BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AS I’VE COME TO LEARN IS HE’S UNCONVENTIONAL. IT’S OKAY I THINK OR TALK WITH THE TALIBAN EVEN AT CAMP DAVID IF THERE’S A REASON TO BELIEVE THEY’RE GOING TO ACCEPT AND CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR, AND I THOUGHT WE JUST GOT AHEAD OF THE CART THERE, BUT JOHN IS GONE AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THE CHOICES AND APPRECIATE WHAT JOHN DID FOR THE COUNTRY.>>Bret: EVEN A COUPLE DAYS AHEAD OF 9/11 TO DO THAT AT CAMP DAVID?>>YEAH. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE TIMING, BUT THE MAIN THING IS — I TOLD THE PRESIDENT YOUR RIGHT TO WANT TO REDUCE OUR COMMITMENT. YOUR RIGHT TO WANT TO LOWER OUR COSTS. 18 YEARS LATER, WHAT HAVE WE FOUND? AL QAEDA IS STILL THERE, ISIS IS THERE. BUT THE AFGHAN ARMY IS 270,000. 18 YEARS AGO THEY DIDN’T HAVE AN ARMY. 6 MILLION WOMEN IN SCHOOL, A LOT OF POSITIVE THINGS. THERE’S A LOT OF BAD THINGS AND WE CAN’T DO IN AFGHANISTAN WHAT WE DID IN IRAQ, IGNORE SOUND MILITARY ADVICE AND PULL THE PLUG ON THE PLACE, BUT HAVING SAID THAT, I’D LIKE TO END THE WAR. THE ONLY WAY YOU EVER END THE WAR IS TO GET THE TWO SIDES TALKING SO IT’S OKAY TO TALK WITH THE TALIBAN. IT WOULD BE OKAY TO COME TO CAMP DAVID BUT WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A MISTAKE IS — WELL, THE BIG MISTAKE IF THE TALIBAN REALLY SCREWED UP WHEN IT CAME TO TRUMP. IF THIS AN INSULT OF THE PRESIDENT TO KILL THAT SOLDIER WHILE HE’S TRYING TO END THE WAR. I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO REGRET THIS. I THINK THE TALIBAN ARE REALLY GOING TO REGRET WHAT THEY DID.>>Bret: WHAT YOU SAY TWO ALLIES WILL LOOK AT THE TURMOIL INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION? THERE HAVE BEEN 60 INDIVIDUALS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, EITHER RESIGNED OR BEEN FIRED, SOME OF THEM ON THE PAGE HERE. WHAT YOU SAY TO THOSE ALLIES — IT’S VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN. LOOKING NOW AT THE FORCE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR IN THREE YEARS PLUS?>>HERE’S WHAT I WOULD SAY TO ALLIES, JUDGE US BY WHAT WE DO. WE REDUCED OUR PRESENCE IN SYRIA BUT WE STILL HAVE A COMMITMENT TO NORTHEASTERN SYRIA TO PROTECT THE KURDS AND MAKE SURE IRAN DOESN’T TAKE OVER. WE GOT OFF IN IRAN DEAL THAT I THOUGHT WAS A BAD DEAL AND THE PRESIDENT KEPT HIS WORD. HE’S TRYING TO REDUCE OUR COMMITMENT IN AFGHANISTAN THAT MAKES SENSE TO ME, WE ARE PAYING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY 18 YEARS LATER AND WE CAN REDUCE OUR FORCES AND BE SAFE HERE, BUT WE JUST CAN’T PULL OUT OF THE PLACE. I WOULD SAY TO OUR ALLIES, WHY DON’T YOU HELP HIM MORE?>>Bret: IT WAS IRAN A POLICY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT OF JOHN BOLTON? MAYBE THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO MEET WITH THEIR PRESIDENT, MAYBE EVEN AT THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY?>>I THINK BOLTON LOOKED AT TRUMP THROUGH THE TRADITIONAL FOREIGN POLICY LENS. THE CONDITION WAS HIM, YOU DON’T TALK TO GUYS COMING TO ELEVATE KIM JONG UN. I DON’T CARE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND KIM JONG UN GO ON VACATION. IF THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO GIVE HIM UP — GIVE UP HIS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, I’M OKAY WITH PERSONAL DIPLOMACY THAT’S UNCONDITIONAL. I’M OKAY WITH TALKING TO THE IRANIANS AS LONG AS WE GET A BETTER DEAL. WHAT WOULD A BETTER DEAL BE? THEY CAN HAVE NUCLEAR POWER BUT THEY CAN’T ENRICH A PROCESS OF URANIUM, THAT WOULD BE A BETTER DEAL SO I’M NOT HERE TO MUCH OF THE PRESENT. YOU BEAT ME, 16 OF THE REPUBLICANS COMING TO BEAT HILLARY CLINTON. LET’S GIVE YOUR WAY TO TRY AND I’M GOING TO SUPPORT A MOLOKAN.>>Bret: LOOKING AT NORTH KOREA AS A BLUEPRINT, WHAT DO YOU SEE OUT OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS AND THOSE TWO SUMMITS?>>I SEE BETTER. NO NEED FOR MUSCLE TESTING, NO BOMBS BEING EXPLODED. A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP — HOW WILL THAT WORK OUT? THOSE WHO CRITICIZE THE PRESENT, HOW WELL DID YOU DO ANY WRONG? HOW WELL DID YOU DO IN NORTH KOREA? I’M A PRETTY HAWKISH GUY BUT AFTER 18 YEARS, IT’S OKAY TO REEVALUATE OUR COMMITMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO ME, BUT I’M JUST URGING THE PRESIDENT DON’T IGNORE SOUND MILITARY ADVICE. YOU CAN REDUCE OUR PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN BUT IF YOU LEAVE AFGHANISTAN, AL QAEDA AND ISIS ARE COMING AFTER US.>>Bret: SO DID HE FIRE HIM OR DID BOLTON RESIGN?>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT I DON’T THINK IT REALLY MATTERS. AT THE END OF THE DAY I LIKED JOHN BOLTON. HE SERVED HONORABLY AND AS PRESIDENT LOST TRUST AND FAITH IN JOHN BOLTON AND I THINK HE’S GOT SOME GOOD CHOICES.>>Bret: LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT. IF YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT TODAY. WHO’S ON THE PLATE?>>GENERAL KELLOGG IS THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO MIKE PENCE. THE VICE PRESIDENT, HE WORKED FOR GENERAL McMASTER.>>Bret: KEITH KELLOGG.>>KEEP KELLOGG. CONFIDENT, CAPABLE, CONFIDENT, HAS THE PRESIDENT’S TRUST. A DYNAMIC YOUNG MAN WORKING IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT, PART OF THE IRAN TEAM AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT CLOSE TO POMPEO. YOU’VE GOT REQUIRE DELL, WHO WORKED FOR McMASTER WHO KNOWS THE INS AND OUTS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL AND THE WAY IT MEETS. THE ONE THING I THINK WAS A KNOCK ON JOHN BOLTON IS THE PROCESS KIND OF DIED ON HIS WATCH.>>Bret: THESE ARE THE THREE GUYS. KEEP KELLOGG, BRIAN, RECORD OUT.>>THOSE ARE THREE NAMES THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED TO ME. THERE ARE OTHERS ON THE LIST, BUT WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? SOMEBODY THAT CAN WORK WITH POMPEO, WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO GET THE INNER AGENCY BACK — STOOD BACK UP.>>Bret: ‘S DOESN’T REQUIRE SENATE CONFIRMATION VOTE. THIS IS JUST ABOUT TRUST WITH THE PRESIDENT, RIGHT?>>IT’S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THE PRESIDENT TRYING TO ENACT HIS WILL BUT TELLING THE TRUTH. HERE’S THE TRUTH AND HERE IS HOW I GET ALONG WITH HIM. THIS PRESIDENT, YOU’RE RIGHT TO WANT TO REDUCE OUR COMMITMENT AFGHANISTAN, REDUCE THE COST AND MAYBE REDUCE THE TROOP LEVELS. BUT IT WOULD BE A BIG MISTAKE TO DO IN AFGHANISTAN WHAT OBAMA DID IN IRAQ. I’M LOOKING FOR A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WHO UNDERSTANDS THE PRESIDENT, CAN WORK WITH OTHERS, GIVE THE PRESIDENT GOOD ADVICE AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS PUSH BACK WHEN HE NEEDS TO.>>Bret: I WANT TO ASK YOU TWO MORE QUESTIONS. ONE, THERE’S AN INVESTIGATION OUT OF COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS, IF HE PUT HIS FINGER ON THE SCALE AND NOAA SCIENTISTS IN THE FALL OF THE ALABAMA ORDEAL WE DEALT WITH LAST WEEK. WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS IN MY?>>NOT GOING TO GIVE A –>>Bret: THAT’S FOR THE RECORD?>>YEAH, THANK YOU. NEXT QUESTION. I COULD CARELESS, THIS WHOLE THING IS A BUNCH OF GARBAGE. IF THE PRESIDENT DID HAVE A MODEL WHERE IT COULD HAVE ALABAMA IF IT WENT THROUGH FLORIDA. THIS IS THE TRUMP WORLD. THE GUY CAN’T DO ANYTHING, THE GUY GETTING CRITICIZED BY A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO JUST HATE HIS GUTS AND I’M NOT PLAYING THAT GAME.>>Bret: THE STORY ABOUT THE RUSSIAN ASSET THAT WAS EXTRACTED.>>ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT I THINK IS COMPLETE B.S., TRYING TO BLAME THE PRESIDENT FOR SOMETHING THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. NETWORKS OUT THERE SAYING THE PRESIDENT GOT A LOAN COSIGNED BY OLIGARCHS. WHEN IT COMES TO TRUMP, I’M VERY SUSPICIOUS — YOU SAY IT AND THEN YOU TRY TO VERIFY IT LATER. THE PRESIDENT IS A HANDFUL. HE MAKES HIS FAIR SHARE OF MISTAKES, BUT THE STORY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT DAMAGING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY I THINK IS UNVERIFIED AND UNTRUE.>>Bret: ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT THE FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO GO WITHOUT A BUMP?>>IT MAY BE A BUMP, BUT IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. BOTH PARTIES NEED TO CONVINCE THE PUBLIC WE ARE NOT COMPLETELY CRAZY. AND WE CAN DO OUR JOB.>>Bret: LAST THING, ANYTHING GET DONE BEFORE 2020 IN EARNEST?>>I THINK WE MAY HAVE SOME BREAKTHROUGHS ON SOLVING THE PLASTIC IN THE OCEANS PROBLEM. WE MAY HAVE SOME BREAKTHROUGHS ON INFRASTRUCTURE, A SMALLER BILL, FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE A GREAT STEP FORWARD, GIVING THE MILITARY WHAT THEY NEED. ON IMMIGRATION, YOU MIGHT HAVE A DEAL WITH THE DACA POPULATION IF THE COURT RULES THAT OBAMA’S

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100 thoughts on “Graham reveals Trump’s possible Bolton replacements”

  • aleksandar maksimović says:

    Galerija slika ima da bude jos.Nista cudno.I za mene to je normalno.Ljudi za NS postoje pa Tramp neka odluci.Smanjiti trupe samo one koje nisu ptrebne.Ostalo ostaje u avganistanu.Hvala!Jer bi bio scenarijum kao sto je bilo u Vijetnamu i nista se nije uradilo.Hvala!

  • Conservative Nellie says:

    What turmoil? President Trump is getting the right people in and weeding out those who are not on board with the Presidents way of doing it so everyone is on the same page.

  • I love the left talking about the longest war we've ever been in like it's Trump's war, it isn't his war. When he wants to bring troops home they cry if he leaves them there they cry about how long they get more immature everyday, that's a schoolyard move.

  • …if it were up to someone with common sense in N.S.A., D.H.S, and F.E.M.A.,,,O.S.H.A.would get ahold of Mr. Callahan to get his engineering in operation to a residential building code. We could have a kit of fabricated precast hurricane, earthquake, flood, volcano, hillside creep, fire, and avalanche proof community shelters built. These new doughnut shaped cheerio designs could be trendy…

  • It says to the allies that the NWO gig is up. No more needless wars. Draining the swamp. Bolton was just 1 more neocon swamp creature.

  • Graham and Trump are common sense people. I hope the President chooses someone that doesnt openly hate him like Brian Hook. Just sayin…

  • Trump is cleaning house and putting the American agenda into action. Under the Obama and past administrations the government was disregarding the welfare of the American citizen the government works for us not the other way around.

  • Our great President knows what he wants and knows what he is doing! Regardless of what the Germans, the British, the French and anyone else thinks! They forget, WE are the ones protecting THEM! THEY are not protecting US!

  • I believe it is time to appoint an Arab-American that speaks fluent Arabic languages. If not, a Palestinian American will work also, as we need a different way of looking and understanding the Middle East. Bolton had his 15 minutes of infamy. Blessings To All.

  • controllerism xg says:

    Sadly, too many politicians under the current administration had to go through plenty of
    SOUL SEARCHINGS. Do people meant what they say anymore?? God knows.

  • Lindsey said @ time line 029 " trump is unconventional in a conventional way"  Now what does that mean????? [email protected] TIME LINE 2;06 YOU SEE 47 PEOPLE WHO LEFT TRUMP ADMINATRATION.  That must be due to great management. The question I have is Where are people of color???????? Can we get Herman Cain to replace Bolton Ok I settle for Sarah Palin

  • Shaddup, Graham, you twit.  You appreciate what he did for the country?  Like our illegal invasion of Iraq and the cost in dollars and lives?  Creep!

  • DONTIKGI…..MR GRAHAM YOU JUST HIT THE BALL RIGHT OUT THE GROUNDS.GOOD INTERVIEW WITH GOOD SENSE .WOULD VOTE YOU ON THE TWO TOP POSITION ,LIKE NUMBER TWO.THAT WOULD HAWSOME ….TWO MASTERS AND A WINNING POSITION .GOOD LUCK ..GOD BLESS

  • Sorry, Graham — no, we do not trust the government; especially, if good people cannot be hired to do jobs and NOT be bribed, coerced, or blackmailed into being made to do what the left wants. You all will have a long way to go to get our trust back!

    HINT: do right 'til the stars fall . . . stay above suspicion, and let the American people KNOW that are not being played for FOOLS by the likes of YOU!

  • If you are going to drain the swamp people are going to get fired or asked to leave . How else can it happen. Amazing to see Graham supporting Trump when we know if John McCain was still alive , Graham would probably not speak his mind like he is doing now suggesting that on some level the Graham- McCain friendship was toxic and didnt allow for honesty, He just said " I couldnt give a crap!" great to see a guy not being PC . Hope Trump will appoint Rand Paul.

  • Michael Flynn should be reinstated as NSA to President Trump, since the DOJ proved he never lied to the FBI , that he was totally framed, and that he was totally innocent of any crime. And like the story of Joseph in Egypt, having been imprisoned unjustly the turning of the tables, the innocent man is released and the real crooks go to jail, making it all a happy ending.

  • Whatever, I just want Graham to stay right where he is. Hes VERY effective from where hes at!! He would be lost in the weeds of the Trump administration.

  • I am concerned about FBI CIA and other intelligence in the media. I thought the FCC Federal Communications was supposed to prevent biased and unfair practices all of free TV has been gagged. Talk about uranium one

  • Senator Graham I'm a proud Republican because of you I'm proud of you I'm grateful for you thank you so much Senator Graham for all you do for our country

  • Can anyone tell me what is going on? Lindsey Graham tells who will replace John Bolton. Marco Rubio invites thousands from the ppl from the Bahama's to come to Florida. I thought Pres. Trump was still Pres, and both Graham and Rubio lost.

  • Graham is part of the swamp ! He is however so sneaky ! His rhetoric is now 180 degrees upside down compared with he was saying not even 3 years ago …

  • Graham is part of the swamp ! He is however so sneaky ! His rhetoric is now 180 degrees upside down compared with he was saying not even 3 years ago …

  • Twiddlie dee, twiddley dumb… Who gives a crap anymore. It's all a virtual reality of the narrative agenda psy-op screwing ALL of us mere mortals…

  • Do Any of you have Any Idea what "Alabama" is about? A "sharpie" really Seriously wow.. What have you been Seeing? This is Bull S#$T and it Isn't.. perhaps SH is trying with GJ to send a message, again, but this is More.. Who NEEDS a War.. umm , sorry I meant a "distraction" anyway POTUS said NO every time Bolton Wanted something. he was Nothing But Hope for the [DS] LOL You guys need to wake up @Foxnews

  • Michael Rualzakhuma says:

    Bolton supported the LIBYAN STYLE which is stupid, inhumane & very unhelpful for diplomacy. Trump should've fired him much earlier!!

  • Christophe Blanchi says:

    Trump did something that liberals never achieved while fighting all along for it: destroying Bolton's reputation and exposing him as the incompetent warmonger that the liberals always said he was. Thank you Trump, you confirmed what the majority of Democrats knew all along. Fox News loved having Bolton as a esteemed guest for years. Now they will give him the cold shoulder because the have to toe in the Trump line or be fired.

  • Lindsey Graham is a liar. Graham is a RINO who works against the interests of the American People behind closed doors. The Foreign Workers act that just came up was sponsored by RINO Graham and Lee…Graham has been a lap dog for the dirty anti-American McCain for many years. Part of the gang of eight and a NEVER Trumper. We need MAGA Patriots who have integrity and put America first. Sponsoring the Foreign Workers act shows exactly who and what this dirt ball RINO is…Lindsey Graham is not MAGA and can not be trusted by the People of America.

  • soooooo OBAMA was WRONG for giving IRAN BILLIONS [ of their FROZEN money ] what is TRUMP going to be once he gives IRAN a 125billion dollar line of credit ? be honest with YOURSELF '''' , and bolton said that stuff over a year ago so whats really going on ?

  • We are not at war.Its a paramilitary operation, an occupation to keep the military industrial complex flushed with cash. Bolton was not a treatment but an actual cure.

  • Bolton's replacement will be worse. Graham is an idiot and in total denial, like most everyone in Washington. Twisting the facts dont work. The lies, control, manipulation and fabrication continues. Nothing has changed since the Kennedy era.

    The CORRUPTION and TERROR continue to manifest around the world and WASHINGTON is responsible and accountable.

  • Happy to see Bolton gone! We don't need another war…with anyone! I think its time to rethink war and the idea of men on the ground fighting and killing one another seems awfully barbaric when we have other ways to shut those down that challenge us….so good bye Bolton…thank you for retiring!

  • Catherine Williams says:

    Better situation with Korea? Really? North Korea is trying to terrorize both Japan and South Korea with multiple missile launches, along with putting US military bases in Okinawa, Guam and the Philippines in danger because they are all within the range of the missiles they are test launching.

  • Catherine Williams says:

    So, it's okay for a member of the cabinet to tell non partisan agencies like NOAA and the NWS what they can and can't say, even tell them to lie to the citizens of our country, possibly endangering millions of American citizens and causing states to waste millions of dollars, preparing for something that wasn't going to happen? What do you think would've happened if the Birmingham NWS office had not rebuked Trump's tweet and people believed that tweet? North and South Carolina wouldn't have prepared for Dorian the way they did and more lives would've possibly have ended. Meanwhile, Alabama (not a wealthy state to begin with) would've wasted money preparing for Dorian. People would've fled their homes when it wasn't necessary.

    It also would've damaged the credibility of the National Weather Service, allowing more residents to be reluctant to leave when given an evacuation order "Because the Weather Service has been wrong before."

  • That is how you run an effective, profitable, growing business. That is how an effective, profitable, growing country should be run. Thanks President Trump.

  • ghaham is another Bolton nd a complete cockhead. If he thinks that attacking other countries in endless wars is a good thing he needs help.Serious mental help. Killing anyone,whether or not they are mozlim or not is not going to ever serve the US well.

  • Lindsey Graham has said some stuff that I have liked, but he's also one hell of a neocon. He's okay with just about any war we can get into. I'm actually surprised to hear him talk about how "he'd like to end the war" – i have trouble believing it, honestly.

  • What ever happened to the National Debt discussion? Too much hot air and side stepping the real issues. Hot potato topic no one is willing to address. I'm at the age where it won't affect me unless I live to be 110. But it's already somebody else's problem' right?

  • Kepp hiring and firing!!! Sort the sheep from the goats – the warhawks from the Great Eagles. We need a strategy to bring more troops home and if someone wants instead to drag us into more wars (to make money for various lobby groups) – show them the road… bring troops home and get us out of crap wars…

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