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The political decline of John Bolton was formalized on June 30 in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. That day, Donald Trump became the first president of the United States to enter that area, where he also met with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un . Trump was accompanied not only by his advisors - including his daughter, Ivanka, who would describe the visit as "surreal" - but even by Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson , who was not a journalist, but a member of the presidential entourage.
Who was not, paradoxically, was Bolton, who had accompanied Trump during the challenge of his Asian tour. Not only that: the National Security adviser was on that day an official visit in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, "to discuss national security issues with senior officials of that country." There are few more direct ways to humiliate a National Security advisor than that.
And the ceased - or resigned, according to who you want to believe - is not someone who takes humiliations with ease. "Look, I'm not John Bolton," replied Steven Clemons, one of the top officials of the magazine "The Atlantic" when he was accused of psychological abuse of his subordinates. But Bolton not only has a reputation for being hard on who he has underneath. His fondness for bureaucratic and ideological struggles already confronted the Senate during the Government of George W. Bush, who had to appoint him an ambassador to the UN taking advantage of a Legislative holiday because, otherwise, he was never going to be ratified. Bolton may have defects. But among them is not to compromise their principles for a charge.
And, in the last six months, its principles were tainted by Donald Trump's policy. Not only has the opening to North Korea been a resounding defeat for Bolton ; The public negotiations between the Trump administration and the Afghan Taliban have also meant a monumental failure, the conciliatory tone towards Iran exhibited by the president at the G7 summit in Biarritz, and the president's decision not to bomb Iran after the demolition of a American drone by the Ayatollah regime. In all those political battles, Bolton opted for the hard line . In all, he lost. Add to this the antipathy manifests that the 'neoconservatives' - the ideological group of which Trump's former adviser is part of - feel for Russia, and the cocktail for Bolton's departure from the Government is already prepared and ready to be served.
The abandonment by John Bolton of the Trump administration ship reinforces, even more, the control of foreign policy by the president and his family, that is, Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner . Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, has very little political weight, and he himself has flirted with the idea of leaving the government to appear in the Senate for his Kansas state. The centralized presidency of Donald Trump advances unstoppably. Bolton, perhaps the last independent man of the president's team, has thrown in the towel. All roads of power lead to Trump.
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