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Trump Rips Bolton: "All He Wants To Do Is Drop Bombs," "He's Kind Of A Sick Guy" That Never Smiles

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President Trump weighs in on John Bolton's new book in a Fox News Town Hall hosted by Sean Hannity.


HANNITY:  Let's talk about a second term. If you hear in 131 days from now, at some point in the night or early morning, we can now project Donald J. Trump has been reelected the 45th president of the United States, let's talk.
 
How do you -- what's at stake in this election as you compare and contrast? And what is -- what are your top priority items for a second term?
 
TRUMP:  Well, one of the things that will be really great -- you know, the word experience is still good. I always say talent is more important than experience, I've always said that. But, the word experience is a very important word. It's a very important meaning.
 
I never did this before. I never slept over in Washington. I was in Washington, I think, 17 times, all of a sudden I'm president of the United States. You know the story, I'm riding down Pennsylvania Avenue with our first lady and I say, this is great.
 
But I didn't know very many people in Washington. It wasn't my thing. I was from Manhattan, from New York.
 
Now, I know everybody and I have great people in the Administration. You make some mistakes like, you know, an idiot like Bolton. All he wanted to do was drop bombs on everybody. You don't have to drop bombs on everybody. You don't have to kill people --
 
(CROSSTALK)
 
HANNITY:  If John Bolton, in fact, released classified material, should he be prosecuted?
 
TRUMP:  Yes, absolutely. Well, he did release classified -- actually he had -- a judge said that they released the book early so they -- he couldn't do it -- he said --
 
(CROSSTALK)
 
HANNITY:  He said they (ph) couldn't stop it.
 
TRUMP:  -- but he said, this is very dangerous what you've done for yourself.
 
And also any money that you've made, it’s -- you know, good luck. This was a very powerful opinion that we had.
 
No, he's -- he's sort of sick guy. There's something wrong with him. But I noticed that early on.
 
He made two very bad mistakes. He made a mistake where he talked about the Libyan model. And I won't go to explain that, but some of you understand, he was on Deface the Nation, and he talked about the Libyan model. I said, that's a disaster, because you know why.
 
And the other thing he said going into Iraq was a good thing. I said OK John, but now you know it wasn’t, right? No, no, I still think it was. I said, so we’re in for (INAUDIBLE – AUDIO GAP) in the Middle East, and you think that was a good thing?
 
And I’m pulling out. I’m getting everybody out nice and easy, everyone’s going nicely, going nicely. You think it was good to go into Iraq, go into the Middle East? Yes.
 
So those two things happened early in his little period of time. He was only there a short while. Once he said those two things, I no longer paid much attention to him -- if any.
 
But I’ll tell you, he was good for one thing. Everyone thought he was crazy, because all he wants to do is bomb people. He’ll fight Russia, let’s fight Russia. Let’s fight China. Let’s take them on at the same time. He’s crazy.
 
When I walked into a room with him I knew that. When they saw Bolton, they always gave me what I wanted, because they said, Trump’s going to drop bombs on me. He’s got this maniac with him.
 
So in a way, he helped me in terms of a negotiation. But seriously he was -- he didn’t do a good job. He wasn’t smart. He wasn’t sharp. And he’s the only man I think I’ve ever met -- I knew him for a year -- one year, whatever the time -- it was a short time. I don’t think I ever saw him smile once. I said to him once, John, do you ever smile? And it tells you something about somebody.
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