JOHN BOLTON/TRUMP PEOPLE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “This is not a conservative administration nor is policy made in a coherent, competent way… There really isn’t any guiding principle — that I was able to discern other than– what’s good for Donald Trump’s reelection.

Now, look, you can’t take the politics out of politics. It plays a role in every aspect of decision making in the executive branch. But there’s no coherent basis, no strategy, no philosophy. And decisions are made in a very scatter shot fashion, especially in the potentially mortal field of national security policy. This is a danger for the republic.”

-John Bolton as quoted by ABC News, “TRANSCRIPT: John Bolton Interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz,” abcnews.go.com, June 21, 2020