OMG Trump Says He Looks for Advice From A Major League Neocon When It Comes to Foreign Policy
During an his interview on "Meet the Press," Donald Trump, when pressed by host Chuck Todd as to who he looks to advice for on foreign policy, the first name out of Trump's mouth was John Bolton.
Bolton is alleged by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman to have played a role in encouraging the inclusion of statement that British Intelligence had determined Iraq attempted to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger in Geogre W.Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address. The statements were partly based on documents found to be forged.
Greg Thielmann, of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was assigned as the daily intelligence liaison to Bolton. Thielmann stated to Seymour Hersh that, "Bolton seemed troubled because INR was not telling him what he wanted to hear ... I was intercepted at the door of his office and told, 'The undersecretary doesn't need you to attend this meeting anymore.'" According to former coworkers, Bolton withheld information that ran counter to his goals from Secretary of State Colin Powell on multiple occasions, and from Powell's successor Condoleezza Rice on at least one occasion.
In June 2011, Bolton dismissed Palestinian claims to statehood as a "ploy".
Bolton is a involved with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, the Institute of East-West Dynamics, the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Council for National Policy and the Gatestone Institute, where he serves as the organization Chairman.
Gatestone publicizes the writings of authors such as Alan Dershowitz, Robert Spencer, Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, and Harold Rhode.
The The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs is a pro-Israel think tank that included on its advisory board Bolton, Dick Cheney and Douglas Feith, before they joined the Bush Administration.