John Bolton: ‘Conservatives’ Need to Reject Trump Attacks on ‘Honorable’ John Kelly

  • John Bolton: ‘Conservatives’ Need to Reject Trump Attacks on ‘Honorable’ John Kelly

John Bolton: ‘Conservatives’ Need to Reject Trump Attacks on ‘Honorable’ John Kelly

Trump also offered new insights into his feelings about being impeached, saying it made him think about the "dark" days when Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal before his own likely impeachment. Since then, he's attacked Vindman on Twitter.

There are indications that the pattern of Trump silencing dissent will continue.

Democrats and Republicans alike criticized a briefing by the Trump administration shortly after the drone strike, saying US officials offered vague information about a possible attack being planned by Iran but no substantial details. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. That became clear when the Senate acquitted the president of obstruction.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin joined fellow Democratic senators and voted guilty on both articles of impeachment against President Trump.

In an equally naked power grab, the Pentagon announced Thursday afternoon that it will divert $3.8 billion in appropriated funds to build the wall along the United States border with Mexico.

The killing of Soleimani heightened tensions between the United States and Iran last month, reviving a long-running debate over the role Congress should play in overseeing the president's ability to manage foreign military operations.

"The president is entitled to staffers that want to execute his policy that he has confidence in", O'Brien said. He was also critical of Trump's performance during the State of the Union last week. During a rambling statement in the Oval Office Wednesday, Trump brought up former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strozk and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. "It was a whole setup, it was a disgrace for our country, and everyone knows it too, everyone", Trump said.

Lee supports Trump's foreign policy - including toward Iran - but said Congress can not escape its constitutional responsibility to act on matters of war and peace. Trump has vehemently denied Bolton's reported claims.

Kelly, who led the US Southern Command responsible for operations in Central and South America from 2012-16, also blasted Trump's portrayal of illegal immigrants as risky criminals, saying "in fact, they're overwhelmingly good people". This year, in a rare move, those have been indefinitely postponed.

Also on Thursday, Judy Shelton, Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, testified before Congress at a confirmation hearing.

When asked by reporters Monday whether Vindman should face disciplinary action for his testimony, Trump said it would be up to the military to decide.

"Had I been there, I think I could have prevented it", he said.

"It's not different when he wanted to have lunch the week after I was elected".

"[Vindman] did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave", Kelly continued.

"The president requires the expertise and advice of his senior officials, and they require access to these calls in order to do their job", Aftergood said.

Trump regarded Hicks as one of a handful of reliable confidants during the tumult of his shoestring 2016 campaign and the beginning of his administration.