Former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton criticized President Trump on Thursday after the president lashed out against his former chief of staff John Kelly.
“John Kelly is an honorable man,” Bolton wrote on Twitter.
“When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was [in] way over his head,” Trump wrote.
Kelly criticized Trump for firing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, for his remarks about immigrants, for his decision to intervene in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case, as well as for Trump’s interactions with foreign dictators Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un.
“He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut, which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
John Kelly is an honorable man. John and I have disagreed at times, as is commonplace at senior government levels, but he has always served his country faithfully. Conservatives especially have a responsibility to reject baseless attacks upon him.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 13, 2020