In a calculated bid to pose a hindrance to former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid, former national security adviser John Bolton has confirmed that he will also be throwing his hat in the ring.
Bolton shared with Good Morning Britain in a sit-down that he plans to join the race as a candidate. Beyond making a political comeback and foiling Trump’s plan to reclaim the White House, the one-time U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said he intends to enter the race as a legitimate candidate. “If I didn’t think I could run seriously, then I wouldn’t get in the race,” he stated.
Donald Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton has told us that he will run for US President in a bid to stop his former boss from getting back into the White House. pic.twitter.com/ZY66AFQ2od
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 6, 2023
When asked what America would look like with him being president, he replied, “I would get in to win the nomination. And I would do it primarily on the basis that we need a much stronger foreign policy.”
“And I think it is important that it is understood, not just in Moscow, but is understood in places like Beijing — that unprovoked aggression against your neighbors is not something the United States and its allies would tolerate,” he further said.
When Boston first hinted at his plans last month on NBC News, he admitted that his motivation to run lies in his will to “make it clear to the people of this country that Donald Trump is unacceptable as the Republican nominee.” He had called Trump’s declaration “an existential threat to the republic itself.”
Bolton’s antagonism when it comes to Trump is all too familiar as he has been a vocal Trump critic since the former president fired him in 2019. The following year, he published a memoir of his time in the White House. The memoir, titled, The Room Where it Happened, claimed “obstruction of justice” was “a way of life” for the former president, alleging that he intervened in law enforcement.
He further asserted that Trump posed a great danger to the United States as he told stories that multiple current and former White House aides refuted. The Trump administration tried to block the publication of the memoir in fear of it endangering national security, but the attempts failed.
While Bolton did not give a timeline on when he would officially announce a campaign when he teased the idea of running for president, he did say that it might come “earlier than some would think.” Despite his extremely little to no chance of winning, he becomes the second major candidate from the Republican party to declare his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race.