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Bolton won't support Nikki Haley for president in 2024. 'That makes us even,' she says

Francesca Chambers and Michael Wilner, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

Published in Political News

Bolton toyed with the idea of running for president in 2015 as a Republican and maintains a political action committee that supports House and Senate candidates who share his views on national security.

He told McClatchy in the interview that he was "not looking for another job in government" and had been pursuing a "range of options" since leaving the White House last September.

The book also sheds light on Bolton's relationship with Pompeo, whom he described as privately critical of Trump.

Bolton told McClatchy that Pompeo had his "own political aspirations," without characterizing them further.

"I thought on some policies in particular, on Afghanistan and North Korea, where I thought the most loyal thing to do was continue to urge the president to pursue policies that would leave America in a stronger position -- for whatever reason, on those, just as examples, Pompeo didn't join me in that," Bolton said.

Bolton in his memoir was complimentary of Pence, saying he came to the aid of the sitting vice president when Trump solicited his opinion on dropping Pence from the 2020 ticket and replacing him with Haley to attract more women voters.

He wrote that he argued against the move, telling Trump that he "risked alienating people he needed" by turning his back on Pence, who has the support of evangelicals, "without necessarily generating new support because of the replacement."

 

In the interview with McClatchy, Bolton declined to say who he would support in 2024 because it could lead to a Trump tirade against his favored candidates.

"It's tempting, but I'm afraid that anybody that I said good things about would probably provoke a two-minute hate from the president. I don't want to get anybody in trouble," he said.

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