Trump suggests he might soften Iran sanctions, day after firing hard-liner Bolton

Trump threatens Afghanistan militants after ousting Bolton


Trump threatens Afghanistan militants after ousting Bolton

President Trump, by firing John Bolton, has signaled that he intends to be his own national security advisor. That leaves questions about what direction he'll go as he seeks to engage with the Taliban and possibly Iran.

Trump has long claimed that the sanctions would cripple Iran’s economy to the point of forcing its government back to the bargaining table. So far, that has not occurred.

“Trump has made clear that he’s his own principal advisor,” said David Rothkopf, a professor of international relations who wrote a book about the National Security Council. “Right now I wouldn’t say there’s much of a national security process. And that’s dangerous because the president is inexperienced and erratic.”

and for his policy toward Venezuela, which the president has followed but now says he “disagreed” with.

“He’s so tough, he got us into Iraq,” Trump quipped.

Easing up on Iran would also make Israel nervous. Israel’s leaders see Iran as their most threatening enemy, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly thanked Trump for being tough on Tehran. But, Goldenberg noted, Netanyahu is facing a difficult reelection bid next week, and cannot afford to tangle with Trump.

On Wednesday, Trump again tried to explain his decision to scuttle the possible summit with the Taliban — he says he canceled it, but Taliban leaders say they never planned to come. He threatened the Afghan militants and other enemies with “power the likes of which the United States has never used before.”

“The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before. And that will continue,” he said.

“I think the pace is probably going to increase because I think their pace has increased which I think was a very bad misjudgment on their part,” he said.

Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has made clear what the goal would be of any increased attacks. The U.S. has been fighting the Taliban for 18 years without eradicating it or forcing its surrender. By some measures, the Islamist militants control more territory now than at any time since U.S. forces helped push them from power in the wake of Sept. 11.

Trump said he has called off peace talks with the Taliban, pronouncing the negotiations “dead” on Monday. But it’s not clear what alternative he has — other than a unilateral withdrawal — if he still intends to pull out a significant number of U.S. troops before the 2020 election.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

Trump is an idiot and is final So have the last few presidents. I don't think the Taliban are worried at all. neverendingwars gettingschooled quagmireinAfghanistan there you go assuming again. Good. 博尔顿还不够强硬? 博尔顿鹰派中的鹰派 Idiotic. good

Trump Discussed Easing Iran Sanctions, Prompting Bolton Pushback(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran to help secure a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this month, prompting then-National Security Advisor John Bolton to argue forcefully against such a step, according to three people familiar with the matter.After business Trump on right track. Not Bolton. What about my buddy Pompeo? He for sanction relief too like Trump? Yes Trump should remove sanctions that are killing Iranians as Iran can't sell oil & buy food & medicines for its people.

Controversial Trump aide John Bolton exits WH knocking TrumpPresident Trump has fired controversial National Security Advisor John Bolton on Twitter, after they ‘strongly disagreed.’ Sparking more controversary, Bolton offered a different recount, saying he previously ‘offered to resign.’ Former Obama official Richard Stengel argues ‘the problem with replacing Bolton’ is ‘when someone leaves the Trump administration, they’re never replaced by a better actor.’ stengel Ummm, you got shitty windows MSNBC. honestelaine stengel He WILL be replaced by someone who is not. stengel MSNBC sucks BERNIE SANDERS 2020

Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton — but Bolton says he 'offered to resign''I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,' President Donald Trump said in a tweet. Ooh No, who will the rightwing racist Afriforum run to? He told u what u need to know...

Iran says U.S. should avoid 'warmongers' after Bolton departureIran said on Wednesday Washington should distance itself from 'warmongers&q... Timely advice! 😲 Maybe Iran should STOP acting like a war monger and get out of the terrorist business.

Iran urges US to 'put warmongers aside' after Bolton firingIran&39;s president urged the U.S. on Wednesday to "put warmongers aside" as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Hassan Rouhani&39;s remarks signaled approval of President Donald Iran calling some a warmonger makes me laugh. Yeah? Well WE urge Iran to put Islamic jihadists aside. But, since they don't seem eager to do that... As John McCain once said, 'Bomb bomb bomb; bomb bomb Iran'.

Netanyahu sees U.S. staying 'very, very tough' on Iran despite Bolton ousterIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played down the impact of hawkish John... I see us taking a huge crap on you when Trump is gone. We will see who is right. Lol

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