Former Trump administration National Security Advisor John Bolton told CNN he is still considering entering the Republican presidential primary and running for president.
CNN Host Abby Phillip asked Bolton, “Have you ruled out running for president?”
“No, I haven’t. Certainly, the field is getting filled up. I have a different view of how this will play out over the next several months.”
“I think we’re right now in a very interesting two-man race. Trump versus DeSantis. I think Trump over the next 90 days, let’s say, will unload on DeSantis, and DeSantis will have to answer him back,” Bolton said.
“I think that’s what a lot of the other candidates are waiting to see. Who survives that encounter? Maybe one does, maybe the other, maybe both are wounded. I think Chris Christie’s entry into the race is interesting,” he added.
“He will be going directly after Trump. And every time he makes a criticism of Trump, the news media will ask Ron DeSantis what he thinks of it,” Bolton continued.
“So I think for DeSantis to avoid simply commenting for the next six months on what Chris Christie is doing.”
“He has to have his own unique plan of action to deal with Trump and to try to take him out politically as soon as he can.”
Last December, John Bolton said he would consider running for president mainly to stop his former boss Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump, if he were to take the oath of office again, God forbid, would either be lying about preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution, or maybe he wouldn’t say it at all. You can’t have this kind of approach,” Bolton said at the time.
“It’s not something one can disagree with. This is foundational to the republic.”
“There’s one thing that would get me to get into the presidential race, which I looked at in prior elections. It would be to make it clear to the people of this country that Donald Trump is unacceptable as the Republican nominee.”
Bolton also claimed that Trump’s act was “old and tired” and said the Republican party is ready to move on to a “fresh face.”
“There are a lot of reasons to be against Trump being the nominee, but the one I’m hearing now as I call around the country, talking to my supporters and others about what happened on 8 November, is the number of people who have just switched Trump off in their brain,” Bolton said.
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