‘Politically Motivated’ Leaks Are ‘Partisan Tools’ to Destroy the Trump Presidency

Amb. John Bolton on President Trump’s upcoming overseas trip, politically motivated leaks designed to damage the Trump presidency, and the release of Chelsea Manning from prison:

“Until we have something more specific, I think what we’ve really got is a case of leaks from the executive branch that are politically motivated.”

“Unless you think the Washington Post and the New York Times got their information from the Russians in the room, there is an opportunity here to find out where the disloyalty is coming from.”

“I think the damage that Bradley Manning – because that’s who he was when he did it – the damage that he did to the United States and our national security is incalculable.”

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s an act of treason, and the penalty could have been a lot worse. For those who think that America has descended into an authoritarian society, just look at Chelsea out now, getting pizza and all the rest of it. I tell you, how authoritarian can you go?”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.