On Monday, former National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a chilling warning to CNN’s Jake Tapper, suggesting that former President Donald Trump may be subtly encouraging violence against former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley.
Trump recently accused Milley of treason and hinted at the possibility of execution, raising concerns about his followers potentially taking matters into their own hands.
Simultaneously, John Kelly, Trump’s former Chief of Staff, broke his silence and went public, confirming various accounts of Trump’s scathing attacks on servicemembers and war heroes. Kelly’s damning assessment of Trump characterized him as “a person that has no idea what America stands for” and accused him of using the treason charge against Milley as a calculated ploy “to incite someone to act on it.”
Jake Tapper relayed Kelly’s perspective on Trump and underscored the retired general’s belief that Trump’s accusation of treason against Milley is a calculated move to get his followers to take revenge on his behalf.
“It’s entirely possible,” said Bolton responded. “Trump uses the word ‘treason’ quite a bit. He called me a traitor, others in his administration, Mike Pompeo called me a traitor for writing a book. That’s the way they do things. And it’s entirely possible that’s what Trump wants to see.”
“I think the central point of what John Kelly said in that particular quotation goes to really the essence of Donald Trump,” Bolton continued. “The only thing he cares about is Donald Trump. Everything else is instrumental.”
See the full exchange below from CNN.