Bolton jumps over Trump's head

15.01.2019

Not only the opposition in the person of the Democrats, which led to the longest shutdown in the history of the country but also resistance in its own administration, puts pressure on Donald Trump. In one of the publications, the newspaper The New York Times wrote that the State Department is struggling to prevent the implementation of the "reckless" decisions of the owner of the White House. Now the American media are reporting a new challenge for Trump, which is being prepared by his national security adviser, John Bolton. The latter is clearly trying to usurp power.

Arrest 

Before the meeting of Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit, at the request of the Americans in Vancouver, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Meng Wanzhou was detained. The arrest of the manager of China’s largest telecommunications company was an unpleasant surprise for Beijing, who wanted to conclude an armistice with Washington in a “trade war”.

Trump's national security adviser knew in advance about the detention in Canada. However, Bolton did not consider it necessary to inform Trump about this before such an important meeting with the chairman of the PRC in Argentina.

Wanzhou was arrested on December 1 in the Canadian Vancouver at the request of the US authorities. She is accused of circumventing US sanctions against Iran. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC considers the charges false and demands that the arrest warrant be lifted. In response, 13 Canadian citizens were detained in China.

Keeping information on Wanzhou’s arrest in secret could ruin Trump’s meeting with Xi in Buenos Aires and thwart a trade deal. Despite this, the other day the ministers of the two countries agreed on a 90-day truce.

Syria

Another example of the belligerent attitude of John Bolton is Syria. The withdrawal of military equipment from this country caused friction between the Pentagon and the "hawks" - that is, John Bolton. His statements that the US should prevent the restoration of the “Islamic State” and fight pro-Iranian forces in the region discouraged the US military. Now they do not understand whether it is necessary to leave Syria or not. The situation is further confused by the fact that everyone learned about the withdrawal of troops at the Pentagon through Trump's media and Twitter, and not from an official order from the White House.

During a recent visit to Israel, Bolton said that the United States will continue to implement the goals that were announced before Trump's statement about leaving Syria. Angry representatives at the Pentagon said directly: "We do not obey the orders of Bolton." Nevertheless, the influence of the “hawk” is still troubling the generals.

Strike on Iran

Attempts by Bolton to solve issues “through the head” of Trump are also observed on the closely related issue of Iran with the Syrian issue. In September, a mortar attack took place in the Baghdad area, where the American Embassy is located. Washington was suspicious of Tehran. And then John Bolton asked the Pentagon to explore the options of attacking Iran. Again, the politician did not consider it necessary to notify his chief about this.

Bolton is one of the irreconcilable hardliners towards Iran. Along with Trump, he supported the US withdrawal from the “nuclear deal” with Tehran, which the White House went on May 9 last year.

In many ways, the US intention to withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty) was Bolton's idea. Breaking the treaty could lead to a new arms race and jeopardize European security.

After the resignation of Jim Mattis, the Trump administration lost its “brakes”.