- US officials reportedly hindered National Security Advisor John Bolton's efforts to interfere in foreign affairs, and even tried to exclude him from high-level meetings.
- Bolton, universally regarded as such A foreign-affairs hawk was initially not invited to a meeting with high-ranking military officials, fearing that he might put diplomatic plans to the test of the Taliban, several senior officials familiar with the affair said The Washington Post with Bolton's activities and worried about leaks in his team.
- "His team has a reputation for losing and licking," a senior official told the Post.
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US officials have obstructed National Security Adviser John Bolton's efforts to interfere in foreign affairs and even attempted to exclude him from high-level meetings The Washington Post report was released Friday.
Bolton was initially not invited to a meeting attended by high-ranking military officials, including Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to the report, which identified six unnamed high-ranking US officials.
The meeting to discuss a potential peace plan with the Taliban in Afghanistan took place in early August at President Donald Trump's golf club in New Jersey.
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Bolton, widely regarded as a foreign-policy hawk, was not Original. Several high-ranking officials familiar with the matter told Post that he had been invited to derail the plans because of concerns about the meeting.
Bolton replaced H. R. McMaster in March and was criticized for his earlier views and tendencies. He has written opinion columns discussing the merits of a preventive attack on North Korea and argued in interviews against the US strategy against Iran.
Bolton's opposition to US diplomatic strategy in Afghanistan, where the US is nearing its 18th war year, has even annoyed Trump, senior officials at the Post said. Trump said Thursday he would lower the number of US troops in Afghanistan to 8,600, and peace talks with the Taliban were underway.
The senior US officials were also wary of Bolton's activities and worried about leaks from his team. According to one official in the report, Bolton requested a draft US agreement with the Taliban, but was rejected by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US peace envoy in Afghanistan, and only read it with another senior official.
An official allegedly downplayed the implications and said that the draft had been sent to the National Security Council.
"His team has a reputation for losing and licking," a senior official told the Post.
"It's so messed up on so many levels that the National Security Advisor is not involved, but trust is a real problem," said another senior official, according to reports.
In response to the Post's questions, Bolton said he could "categorically reject leaks from me or anyone who has the authority to speak to the press."