Well, this isn’t helpful.
The Great Wall of Kelly seems to be holding firm, in keeping drifters out of Trump’s orbit, during the average work day. He’s got less than zero hold on what Trump says outside of the Oval Office, unfortunately, but we’ve seen some progress made in who has access to Trump and what nutty material might otherwise be put in front of him, from day-to-day.
Kelly might be doing his job on that front a little too well.
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton was asked by Steve Bannon to draw up some sort of plan for exiting the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, and he was eager to comply. That being said, the next step is getting his proposal to the president, but access has been pretty much severed. After requesting a meeting with the president, he was turned down.
Bolton, who during the presidential transition was considered for several roles in the Trump administration, including national security adviser and Secretary of State, took his proposal to the National Review, instead:
Here it is. It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, hundred-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement. There is no need to wait for the next certification deadline in October. Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity.
I offer the Iran nonpaper now as a public service, since staff changes at the White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible. Although he was once kind enough to tell me “come in and see me any time,” those days are now over.
Bolton goes on to list his full battle plan for “ripping up” the horrendous Obama-era deal.
He begins with background on the deal, then moves on to “Campaign plan components.” Those include consultations with key players (U.K., France, Israel, Germany, and Saudi Arabia), a detailed white paper to detail the case for leaving, an expanded diplomatic campaign, and congressional and public diplomacy efforts, in order to build support.
In conclusion, he writes:
This effort should be the Administration’s highest diplomatic priority, commanding all necessary time, attention, and resources. We can no longer wait to eliminate the threat posed by Iran. The Administration’s justification of its decision will demonstrate to the world that we understand the threat to our civilization; we must act and encourage others to meet their responsibilities as well.
While I don’t know how well his plan could work in today’s treacherous political climate, trusting diplomacy to a president with history-breaking low approval ratings and with questionable emotional stability, Mr. Bolton is not wrong.
Maybe instead of sneaking the latest National Enquirer on his desk, somebody could get Bolton’s proposal to him, post-morning Twitter rant.