Bolton concerned about biological weapons and NATO withdrawal if Trump is re-elected

Former national security adviser John BoltonJohn Bolton South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as “distorting reality” of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton Nadler to quote AG Barr over Berman’s firing MORE expressed concern in a new interview that hostile actors would acquire biological weapons or that the United States could withdraw from NATO if President TrumpDonald John Trump South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as ‘distorting reality’ of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton protesters trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near White House MORE He is reelected.

“If Trump’s response to the [coronavirus] pandemic has shown [anything] for anyone thinking of acquiring a biological weapons capability, it is that they cannot respond systematically, “Bolton told Axios.” Whatever the source of this pandemic, it is a road map for people who control biological weapons, or aspire to biological weapons, which can happen. “Bolton did not specify which actors he had in mind.

He also said it is “highly questionable” whether Trump would keep the United States in NATO if he were re-elected, citing the administration’s plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany.

“I am not averse to moving 9,000, 10,000 troops out of Germany if we are going to move them to Poland or elsewhere,” Bolton told the news outlet. “But that’s not why he’s bringing those troops home. My first reaction [to Trump’s German troop drawdown announcement] this was the beginning of the end. “

He went on to argue that relations with several American allies are in question.

“I think the alliances with Japan, South Korea and Australia are question marks at the moment,” he said. “If you think the world is far away, why these alliances?”

Alyssa Farah, director of strategic communications for the White House, rejected Bolton’s comments, however, citing actions during the president’s first years in office.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, our allies are contributing more than $ 130 billion more to NATO, we have removed two of the world’s top terrorists from the battlefield, we have restored deterrence with Iran, and we are in way to bring American soldiers home the longest time. ” war in the history of the United States, “Farah told Axios.

Bolton said, “He has no single foreign policy and no national defense achievement.”

The White House has been involved in both a war of words and a legal battle over Bolton’s memoirs, claiming that it contains classified information. A federal court ruled last week that its publication, scheduled for Tuesday, can continue.