Bolton, Chosen as New Nat’l Security Adviser, Says Leaks Are ‘Completely Unacceptable’
President Trump announced Thursday that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser effective April 9.
Bolton, a Fox News contributor, joined Martha MacCallum on “The Story” to react to the president’s announcement, which comes after months of speculation about McMaster’s future.
“It’s obviously a great honor. It’s always an honor to serve our country, and I think particularly in these times internationally,” Bolton said.
MacCallum asked Bolton about Trump’s congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin after winning his election on Tuesday.Bolton said he didn’t see anything wrong with the call, but he was “outraged” that a memo prepared for Trump before the call — which warned him not to congratulate Putin — was leaked. The memo read, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all-caps.
“It recalled earlier in the administration when somebody was leaking transcripts of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders. It’s completely unacceptable,” Bolton said. “You cannot conduct diplomacy, you cannot expect other foreign leaders to be candid and open in their conversations with the president if some munchkin in the executive branch decides they’re going to leak the talking points or the transcript or any other aspect of it.”
He said there should be bipartisan agreement that leaking of this sort is simply unacceptable.
Longtime Neighbors of Texas Bomber: Absolutely No Indication Something Was Wrong
Longtime neighbors of Austin, Texas, serial bomber Mark Anthony Conditt said they “absolutely” saw no signs that he would be capable of such destruction.
Authorities say Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, created multiple explosive devices, which killed two people and injured four others in a string of bombings in the Texas capital.
Conditt blew himself up near a motel parking lot early Wednesday as a SWAT team approached his vehicle.
Nancy and Jeff Reeb lived next door to Conditt family for approximately ten years, starting when Mark Anthony Conditt was five years old.
“I saw him and I still see him as the little five year old who moved in next door who I was so glad to see move in because it gave my grandson a playmate. And for the next ten years, Mark, his little sister, my grandson just had an ideal life [and] time together growing up,” Nancy Reeb said.
Jeff Reeb said the Conditts were nice, caring and great neighbors, and the Reebs never observed any signs that Mark Anthony Conditt was troubled.
“Absolutely nothing comes to mind. Granted, we knew him as a kid and an early teenager, not so much after he got out of high school,” he said.
Nancy Reeb said something must have happened to turn the little boy they knew into a man who was capable of such horrible things.