Former national security adviser John Bolton told the “Fox News Rundown” podcast on Thursday that he believes President Trump’s aide and chief son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is “the second most powerful man” in the administration.
“I think he has tremendous influence and access to the president,” Bolton told presenter Jessica Rosenthal. “And I think it has been shown in the field of foreign policy, the field of domestic policy, a lot of things. Reforming the sentence was a high priority, although the Republican Party was deeply divided on that. In addition to work in the Middle East peace plan – ‘the deal of the century’, as the president called it, participate in China’s trade negotiations, NAFTA negotiations.
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“So, you know, he’s been involved in a number of things that I don’t think are matched by anyone else in the roles of advisers or members of the president’s cabinet,” added Bolton, author of the recently released “The Room Where It Happened, “an account of your time in administration.
Bolton also declined to comment on reports he reported to Trump last year about intelligence suggesting that Russian officials had offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan in exchange for killing US soldiers.
“Given what the administration has tried to say about the book, I am simply not going to give them another goal,” he told Rosenthal. “I will say that if the current intelligence reports are true, and the White House has essentially admitted that the intelligence is there, but if those reports are true, I think this is very, very serious … this is dramatic resorting to the Russians and their behavior in Afghanistan. So I think it’s important to take it seriously. “
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Bolton added that he was “shocked” by what he called “the confusion of the White House reaction” to the initial intelligence report, which The New York Times released last week.
“It seems to evolve over time,” he said. “That is no different from much of my own experience at the Trump White House. And I think it sends a confusing signal to both our friends and our adversaries abroad.”
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