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John Bolton, former national security advisor for former president Donald Trump, recently expressed extreme doubts on Trump’s abilities to handle the Ukraine situation, if Trump had won the presidential election in 2020.
The comments came in an interview with Newsweek, during which Bolton stated that he believed Trump would have doubled down on the various quid-pro-quo allegations that caused so much friction with the government of Ukraine, and directly led to one of Trump’s impeachments — of course, Trump was never convicted by the Senate in either impeachment, which is more like an indictment — and led to Ukraine feeling like its security was being held hostage by Trump over Hunter Biden. Bolton believes this would have led to Ukraine being “given away” by Trump:
“I think he would have given Ukraine away, basically. Until they turn over that Democratic National Committee server and find out what Hunter Biden was doing in Ukraine, Ukraine was going to fend for itself. And you can see that with some of the Trumpsters these days, Tucker Carlson and people like that,”
Fox News’ Carlson has been at the forefront of those who oppose committing U.S. troops to engage in defending the borders of an Eastern Europe nation when the Biden administration refuses to secure America’s southern border with Mexico.
Carlson has dismissed Ukraine as “strategically irrelevant” to U.S. interests.
Meanwhile, Bolton was pessimistic about the peace holding out as long as it actually has: “I think in a second Trump term, the Russians would already be in Kyiv [the capitol of Ukraine].”
If Donald Trump had won “Russians would already be in Kyiv,” says former US national security adviser https://t.co/BSjeLGJ0FQ
— hussein kanji (@hkanji) February 5, 2022
Never mind that Trump had fours years to have “given Ukraine away,” if that was his desire. But then, Bolton also suggested during the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan that Trump deserved most of the blame, not President Biden. Among other allegations, the former Trump administration official claimed that by “delegitimizing” the Afghan government, his former boss had “shattered” the Afghan army’s morale.
His latest allegation provoked a flurry of whataboutism from Trump’s defenders, mostly pointing to the vapid response by former president Barack Obama, and the perceived weakness and frailty of current president Joe Biden, which many believe to be doing more to encourage Russian aggression than Trump’s efforts to get along with Russian president Vladimir Putin during the former’s time in office.
How come Russia annexed Crimea under Obama and is now threatening Ukraine under Biden instead of doing all that when they had a puppet in the White House who they controlled through blackmail? 🤡
— TRAVELHAX (@TrvlHax) February 5, 2022
And who was President when Russia last invaded Ukraine?
— woodifitweretrue (@woodifitweretru) February 6, 2022
Others defended Bolton, and seemed to point towards the trend of former Trump officials seeing their boss in a very different light:
Maybe all Trump followers should work with him for a while.
Then the problem would fix itself.
— Admiral Jerk of the British Royal Douchery 🇲🇽⚽️ (@RickHunter7) February 4, 2022
Since Trump did not win the 2020 election, this remains pure speculation, however. What is happening is that a strongman in Russia is menacing a small country that desperately wants closer ties to the US, western Europe, and NATO. The situation remains extremely tense, and Russian forces appear poised to invade at any time.
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