Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 12:16 PM ET, Mon June 22, 2020
(CNN) Whether you like John Bolton or not, it’s impossible to deny that he is someone who spent almost 18 months in very close proximity to President Donald Trump. And someone who in meetings in which major decisions about national security and foreign policy were made.
Which is why these lines from Bolton — from his interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz that ran Sunday — regarding how Trump conducted the business of being president are so incredibly striking (bolding is mine):
“There really isn’t any guiding principle — that I was able to discern other than — what’s good for Donald Trump’s reelection.
“Now, look, you can’t take the politics out of politics. It plays a role in every aspect of decision making in the executive branch. But there’s no coherent basis, no strategy, no philosophy. And decisions are made in a very scatter-shot fashion, especially in the potentially mortal field of national security policy. This is a danger for the republic.”