Sputnik News.com By Tim Korso Tues., Aug. 11, 2020
Donald Trump has called his former National Security Adviser John Bolton “one of the dumbest people” he ever met during his time as US president in a recent Twitter rant. POTUS went on to complain that over the past four years, he has met numerous “dumb” people.
Trump’s Twitter outburst came in response to Bolton’s allegations that he “respected and trusted” Russian President Vladimir Putin and ignored US intelligence reports regarding the Kremlin’s actions – something that POTUS strongly denied.
At the same time, Trump noted that it would be hard to blame him for not listening to his own intelligence agencies since some of their prominent members purportedly deliberately sought to prevent his election or to unseat him.
The president brought up the names of former FBI and CIA directors James Comey and John Brennan, whom Trump accuses of illegally spying on his election campaign and triggering the notorious Russia probe, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as examples of people who could have contributed to his lack of trust in the US intelligence community.
The Russiagate probe first started prior to the November 2016 election, as the FBI began spying on some members of the Trump campaign based on assumptions made in the so-called Steele Dossier – which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton.
Bolton started criticising Trump after the latter fired him from his position as national security adviser, but intensified his attacks recently with the release of his tell-all book about his time in the administration. The former official described the president as being “capable of almost anything”, while also being unfit to lead the country and deal with foreign leaders.