John Bolton Warns Iran ‘There Will Be Hell to Pay’ in Fiery Speech: ‘We Will Come After You’


President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser John Bolton went after Iran in a fiery speech on Tuesday. “We are watching and we will come after you,” Bolton said while speaking at the United Against Nuclear Iran summit in New York City. Bolton, who said Iranian officials call America “the Great Satan,” also informed the European Union that “enforcement of our sanctions is aggressive and unwavering.” “We do not intend for our sanctions to be abated by Europe or anybody else,” he added. In another warning to Iran, Bolton said, “So, I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today: If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat, and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay.” The comments come just after Bolton assured the world that America is not Continue reading "John Bolton Warns Iran ‘There Will Be Hell to Pay’ in Fiery Speech: ‘We Will Come After You’"

John Bolton Threatens Sanctions for ‘Illegitimate’ International Criminal Court: ‘Already Dead to Us’

National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered his expected condemnation of the International Criminal Court on Monday, vowing to bring sanctions against the organization if it continues to investigate American activity in the Middle East. As Bolton spoke before the Federalist Society, he promised retaliation for the ICC’s “unjust prosecution” of alleged war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He called the organization a threat to American national security, saying it “claims authority separate from, and above, the Constitution of the United States. It is antithetical to our nation’s ideals.” “We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC,” said Bolton. “We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” The speech continued with Bolton describing the ICC as an “illegitimate” Continue reading "John Bolton Threatens Sanctions for ‘Illegitimate’ International Criminal Court: ‘Already Dead to Us’"

WATCH LIVE: John Bolton to Condemn International Criminal Court

National Security Advisor John Bolton is speaking before the Federalist Society Monday and, among the topics, will be attacking the International Criminal Court at the Hague over their investigation into so-called “war crimes” on the part of the United States in Afghanistan. A draft of Bolton’s speech was leaked to Reuters, and it includes a threat of sanctions against the court, with Bolton referring to it as “illegitimate” and “dead to us”, according to the document. His comments are set to start at 12:30 p.m. EST. Watch live above, courtesy of The Federalist Society. [Featured image via screengrab] — Follow Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) on Twitter

John Bolton Says Russia Refused Joint Statement Over Disagreements on Election Meddling

This morning, National Security Advisor John Bolton met with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev, and among many important pieces of information released to the press, there were two particularly revealing moments. Bolton held his presser separately from Patrushev because, he told reporters, because of a disagreement over what to talk about. “We might have had a joint statement,” he said. “But I felt it was important to mention election meddling, which was raised a number of times during these consultations today which lasted a little bit over five hours, but we weren’t able to reach agreement on that so we decided to go ahead and we’ll each speak individually.” That is not to say the issue of election meddling being brought up during their discussion became the sticking point, but rather that they couldn’t agree on whether to bring up election meddling during a press statement. Bolton wanted Continue reading "John Bolton Says Russia Refused Joint Statement Over Disagreements on Election Meddling"

At Geneva Presser, BBC Reporter Asks National Security Advisor John Bolton if Donald Trump Is a Security Risk

On Thursday, National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke with reporters after meeting in Geneva with Russian National Security Council Director Nikolai Patrushev. The two men did not hold a joint press conference because they could not reach an agreement on election meddling. During Bolton’s solitary presser, he took several questions on the topic at hand. But the last question, from BBC’s Imogen Foulkes, was more provocative than substantive. “It’s not been an easy week for your president,” Foulkes began. “I’m just wondering as National Security Advisor whether you were told, given the events of this week and admissions of payoffs and you mentioned election meddling, whether you’re ever concerned that your own President is a security risk.” “Of course not, I mean that’s a silly question,” said Bolton. “I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago and we have performed here in exactly the way I Continue reading "At Geneva Presser, BBC Reporter Asks National Security Advisor John Bolton if Donald Trump Is a Security Risk"

John Bolton Suggests Brennan Probably Used Classified Info to Bash Trump

In a pre-recorded interview aired on This Week this morning, National Security Advisor John Bolton said he wasn’t saying for sure that former CIA Director John Brennan used and politicized classified intel to bash Donald Trump, he was not not saying that either. ABC’s Martha Raddatz said to Bolton that the president “cited his authority to protect the nation’s classified information as a reason, and also refereed to Brennan’s — what he called erratic behavior, wilder outbursts on the Internet and television,” in offering a reason for revoking Brennan’s clearance. “Brennan has been a strong critic of the administration,” said Raddat. “But what does this have to do with protecting classified information?” Bolton cited Senator Richard Burr’s remarks, also referenced by Brennan himself earlier on Meet the Press, and agreed that Brennan’s behavior both while at the CIA and after showed someone who was politicizing intelligence. “I Continue reading "John Bolton Suggests Brennan Probably Used Classified Info to Bash Trump"

Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Asks John Bolton: Did Putin Lie to Trump About Election Meddling?

Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy cut right to the chase with National Security Advisor John Bolton Tuesday — asking him if Russian President Vladimir Putin lied to President Donald Trump‘s face when he said that Russia didn’t interfere in the election. “I don’t think there is any question that the Russian state is involved and that’s why the President wanted the four heads of some of the key agencies involved in detecting and preventing foreign election meddling to go out and tell the American people exactly what they’re doing,” Bolton said. “Now, they couldn’t tell them everything because obviously you’re not going to tell our adversaries what we are doing so they can evade it, but certainly in general terms so that people could have faith that the government is protecting the integrity of the election process.” “The President knew what they were going to say because he Continue reading "Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Asks John Bolton: Did Putin Lie to Trump About Election Meddling?"