Ambassador John Bolton on President Trump pulling out of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty) with Russia Making American people safer
(Brian Kilmeade) What should the American people know about what we just did?
(Ambassador John Bolton) Well this is a very important step to keep the American people safe. As you just heard from Mike Pompeo in the clip you just ran. The Russians have been violating this treaty for well over a year. They're developing a capability in ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads in this intermediate range. The treaty was supposed to prevent. So as the defense minister of Poland said to me some weeks back you know the Russians have already withdrawn from the treaty by violating it and so we were in this anomalous situation where we were the only country in the world precluded by treaty from building intermediate range ballistic missiles. China we estimate maybe a third to a half of their existing ballistic missile force violates the IMF treaty of North Korea got Iran you've got other countries. Only the United States was precluded from protecting its people its forces and its allies around the world. So fundamentally although you'll hear some hysterics from people who see arms control theologically this was a very important step. President Trump took to make the American people safer.
Ambassador John Bolton on President Trump being on the same page with his intelligence chiefs
(Brian Kilmeade) Are you concerned that the administration and officials seemed to be on different pages or like the President do you think they were taken out of context?
(Ambassador John Bolton) Well you know I sat in a discussion yesterday between President Trump and Dan Coates the Director of National Intelligence Gina Haspel the director of the CIA where they said look Mr. President these quotes were taken out of context if you looked at everything we said which was carefully cleared within the intelligence community that we were supporting your position. So the President put out a tweet on it yesterday and I think he's he's happy with his intelligence community leadership and it's another example of the press trying to find divisions and drive wedges between the president and his top advisers. I can tell you that's a common phenomenon on the press. They've tried to do it to me too so I felt a little sympathy yesterday for the intelligence community leaders. (Brian Kilmeade) But you feel as though they left on the same page? (Ambassador John Bolton) Yes.