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Pompeo compares ex-security advisor John Bolton to Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a former US intelligence contractor who revealed in 2013 that US agents from the National Security Agency (NSA) were carrying out widespread surveillance on citizens.
Former US national security advisor John Bolton speaks during his lecture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, US.(REUTERS)
Former US national security advisor John Bolton speaks during his lecture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, US.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 04:28 PM IST
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Washington | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Trump rejected PM Modi’s waiver case on Iran curbs, writes Bolton

Bolton’s book, ‘The Room Where It Happened’, is based on his 16 months as Trump’s third National Security Adviser. The print edition is slated for release Tuesday, but pirated editions were available online over the weekend.
(File photo: Former National Security Adviser John Bolton stands alongside US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
(File photo: Former National Security Adviser John Bolton stands alongside US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2020 11:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Donald Trump accuses John Bolton of breaking the law with his memoir

According to an excerpt of Bolton’s memoir published by the Wall Street Journal, Trump asked China’s leader, Xi Jinping, during the G-20 summit in Japan last year to help him win re-election by buying more US farm products.
President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.(AP File Photo)
President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 03:32 PM IST
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Donald Trump ‘pleaded’ with Xi Jinping to help win 2020 US polls, says John Bolton

Among other bombshell revelations in the book — “Room where it happened” based on Bolton’s 16 months as Trump’s NSA — were reported claims that the US president did not know that the United Kingdom was a nuclear power and that he believed Finland was a part of Russia.
US president Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in November 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
US president Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in November 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 06:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Donald Trump ‘pleaded’ with Xi Jinping to help him get reelected: John Bolton

John Bolton’s 577-page book paints an unvarnished portrait of Trump and his administration, amounting to the most vivid, first-person account yet of how Trump conducts himself in office.
US President Donald Trump gestures next to China's President Xi Jinping during a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2017.(AFP File Photo)
US President Donald Trump gestures next to China's President Xi Jinping during a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November 2017.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 08:28 AM IST
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Washington | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Former adviser John Bolton faces ‘criminal charges’ if book released, says Trump

It would be up to Attorney General William Barr to issue any charges, Donald Trump said. However, he hinted that the matter would end up in court.
Former US national security advisor John Bolton(REUTERS)
Former US national security advisor John Bolton(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 16, 2020 07:10 AM IST
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Washington | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Republicans block Democrats on witnesses, set up Trump acquittal on Wednesday

The White House had wanted an earlier vote so the president could have touted being vindicated in his annual state of the union address scheduled for Tuesday. Republican leaders couldn’t deliver, however, because their own senators wanted more time for discussions.
US President Donald Trump who has been railing against the trial in tweets and remarks, accused Democrats of “scamming” the country as the Senate moved towards the vote.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
US President Donald Trump who has been railing against the trial in tweets and remarks, accused Democrats of “scamming” the country as the Senate moved towards the vote.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 06:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

White House moves to bar John Bolton book over ‘top secret’ material

The National Security Council said after preliminary review of the manuscript -- a vetting process applied to any White House employees writing books -- that it contained “significant amounts of classified information.”
White House told former national security advisor John Bolton that a book he has written reportedly containing damaging evidence for President Donald Trump cannot be published in its current form(REUTERS)
White House told former national security advisor John Bolton that a book he has written reportedly containing damaging evidence for President Donald Trump cannot be published in its current form(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 30, 2020 06:51 AM IST
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Washington | ByAgence France-Presse

In new book, Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine aid to Biden probe

The explosive revelation, which was first reported by The New York Times, undercuts the central argument made in the president’s defence by him and his lawyers that $391 million in aid was not conditioned to Ukraine investigating former vice-president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. And that it was withheld because of concerns about corruption in that country.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has said in an upcoming book that the President had told him aid to Ukraine was tied to its officials investigating his political rivals.(AP PHOTO.)
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has said in an upcoming book that the President had told him aid to Ukraine was tied to its officials investigating his political rivals.(AP PHOTO.)
Updated on Jan 28, 2020 12:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

Former NSA Bolton ready to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial

As NSA, Bolton was privy to the president’s efforts to force Ukraine to investigate his political rivals by withholding military aid and a White House meeting.
Bolton’s offer may not find any takers in the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, who are standing with the president.(AP PHOTO.)
Bolton’s offer may not find any takers in the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, who are standing with the president.(AP PHOTO.)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 11:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

John Bolton back, ready to ‘speak up again’

Bolton will be closely watched given the circumstances of his departure from the White House in September amid growing differences with Trump on many key national security issues such as Iran, North Korea and Syria.
John Bolton(AP file photo)
John Bolton(AP file photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 10:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByHT Correspondent

Trump names hostage negotiator his fourth NSA

Trump tweeted Wednesday that he has “worked long & hard” with O’Brien and that “he will do a great job!”
Trump’s announcement about O’Brien comes a week after he ousted John Bolton from the national security adviser’s post, citing policy disagreements.(HT image)
Trump’s announcement about O’Brien comes a week after he ousted John Bolton from the national security adviser’s post, citing policy disagreements.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 18, 2019 10:54 PM IST
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WASHINGTON | ByYashwant Raj

Donald Trump lists familiar White House faces as possible John Bolton successors

The national security adviser provides advice to the president on defence, security and diplomatic issues. The job, the highest White House position on national security, does not require confirmation by the US Senate.
US President Donald Trump releases the list of possible replacements for John Bolton.(Reuters Photo)
US President Donald Trump releases the list of possible replacements for John Bolton.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2019 10:38 AM IST
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Washington | ByReuters

John Bolton a ‘disaster’ on North Korea, ‘out of line’ on Venezuela: Donald Trump

Trump said Bolton had made mistakes, including offending North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un by demanding that he follow a “Libyan model” and hand over all his nuclear weapons.
John Bolton was dismissed as national security adviser.(Reuters photo)
John Bolton was dismissed as national security adviser.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 02:22 PM IST
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Washington | ByReuters

‘Strongly disagreed with him’: US president Donald Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. He says Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be counted among the “others” referred to be the president who also differed with Bolton — the two were on opposite sides of the Taliban peace talks.(Reuters file photo)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be counted among the “others” referred to be the president who also differed with Bolton — the two were on opposite sides of the Taliban peace talks.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2019 06:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders after Kabul bombing

The sudden demise of the talks may doom direct US negotiations with the Taliban that held out the prospect of ending 18 years of combat in Afghanistan, making it America’s longest-running war.
Trump said in a series of three Twitter messages that he called off the previously unreported talks at the presidential retreat because they “probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.”(REUTERS FILE)
Trump said in a series of three Twitter messages that he called off the previously unreported talks at the presidential retreat because they “probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.”(REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Sep 08, 2019 01:23 PM IST
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Washington | ByYashwant Raj

White House calls out China’s bullying tactics in South China Sea

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton condemned China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate other countries out of developing resources in South China Sea.
The South China Sea disputes involve both island and maritime claims among several sovereign states.(ANI Photo)
The South China Sea disputes involve both island and maritime claims among several sovereign states.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 08:22 PM IST
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Washington | ByAgence France-Presse

‘Do not disrupt Bahrain conference’: Bolton warns Iran amid taut Washington-Tehran relations

“Iran has engaged over the past couple of months in a long series of unprovoked and unjustifiable attacks. It would be a big mistake for Iran to continue this kind of behaviour,” Bolton said.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Iran Tuesday not to disrupt a Bahrain conference on Middle East peace, amid soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran.(AFP Photo)
US National Security Advisor John Bolton warned Iran Tuesday not to disrupt a Bahrain conference on Middle East peace, amid soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 08:33 PM IST
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Jerusalem | ByAgence France-Presse

Donald Trump’s unexpected restraint toward Iran keeps diplomacy alive

Officials familiar with the president’s thinking said that Bolton and Pompeo supported air strikes on a limited number of targets involved in the shooting down of the Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. US and Iranian officials continue to dispute whether the drone was in international airspace when it was struck.
Donald Trump’s decision to hold off on retaliating against Iran this week kept hopes for diplomacy alive and revealed a side he’s rarely displayed over his decades in the public eye: restraint.(AFP File Photo)
Donald Trump’s decision to hold off on retaliating against Iran this week kept hopes for diplomacy alive and revealed a side he’s rarely displayed over his decades in the public eye: restraint.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Jun 22, 2019 01:55 PM IST
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Bloomberg | ByNick Wadhams

In UAE, Trump’s adviser accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms

Trump’s national security adviser said “no reason” for Iran to back out of its nuclear deal with world powers other than to seek atomic weapons.
US also earlier cut off Iran’s ability to sell its uranium to Russia in exchange for unprocessed yellow-cake uranium.(REUTERS Reuters File Photo)
US also earlier cut off Iran’s ability to sell its uranium to Russia in exchange for unprocessed yellow-cake uranium.(REUTERS Reuters File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2019 01:16 PM IST
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Abu Dhabi, UAE | ByAssociated Press

Even misinterpretations can trigger a US-Iran war at this juncture

It is likely that one country’s defensive move aimed at deterrence can be interpreted as an offensive move by the other
John Bolton, the US national security advisor, has been an advocate of regime change in Iran(AP)
John Bolton, the US national security advisor, has been an advocate of regime change in Iran(AP)
Published on May 16, 2019 06:49 PM IST
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US deploys carrier strike group, bombers in a warning to Iran

The announcement, which came in a statement from National Security Adviser John Bolton, did not cite specific threats or the provocation and only said it was in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings”.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
US National Security Adviser John Bolton(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 06, 2019 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

US deploys carrier, bombers to Middle East to send ‘clear message’ to Iran

It marked the latest in a series of moves by US President Donald Trump’s administration aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Iran in recent months.
The White House said Sunday, May 5, that the US is deploying military resources to send a message to Iran.(AP FILE)
The White House said Sunday, May 5, that the US is deploying military resources to send a message to Iran.(AP FILE)
Updated on May 07, 2019 10:16 AM IST
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Washington | ByReuters

US to eliminate Iran oil sanctions waiver for India, 7 others: Report

US President Donald Trump has been clear to his national security team over the last few weeks that he wants the waivers to end, and National Security Adviser John Bolton has been working the issue within the administration.
In November, the US reimposed sanctions on exports of Iranian oil after President Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.(REUTERS)
In November, the US reimposed sanctions on exports of Iranian oil after President Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 10:14 AM IST
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India, Pakistan came close to firing missiles at each other on February 27

Hindustan Times spoke to a key CCS member, Indian and Pakistani diplomats, office of the US NSA, and intelligence officials to piece together some of the events on the day the fragile and uneasy relationship between the two neighbours almost reached breaking point.
While the RAW chief talked to his ISI counterpart, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval told his US counterpart John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over a hotline on the same day that India was prepared for the worst if any bodily harm came to Wing Commander Varthaman.(Reuters/Representative Image)
While the RAW chief talked to his ISI counterpart, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval told his US counterpart John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over a hotline on the same day that India was prepared for the worst if any bodily harm came to Wing Commander Varthaman.(Reuters/Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 23, 2019 07:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Washington | ByShishir Gupta, Rezaul H Laskar and Yashwant Raj

India, US seek tangible, ‘irreversible action’ by Pakistan against terrorism

The US support to India was expressed by American NSA John Bolton during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Wednesday.
India and the United States sought “tangible and irreversible action” by Pakistan against terrorist groups and leaders, with the US national security advisor saying Washington stands shoulder-to-shoulder with New Delhi in its fight against terrorism.(REUTERS)
India and the United States sought “tangible and irreversible action” by Pakistan against terrorist groups and leaders, with the US national security advisor saying Washington stands shoulder-to-shoulder with New Delhi in its fight against terrorism.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 14, 2019 07:57 AM IST
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Washington | ByPress Trust of India

US keeps up pressure on Pakistan, NSA Bolton seeks ‘meaningful steps’ on terror

The United States continued to mount pressure on Pakistan Monday calling upon it on to take “meaningful steps” against terrorism.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton at a press briefing at the White House in Washington.(REUTERS)
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton at a press briefing at the White House in Washington.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 01:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

White House security chief calls Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit ‘success’

Bolton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Trump’s failure to obtain commitments from Pyongyang on destroying its nuclear capability should be seen as “a success, defined as the president protecting and advancing American national interests.”
The summit’s collapse followed the leaders’ historic meeting in Singapore that produced only a vague commitment from Kim to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”(Reuters)
The summit’s collapse followed the leaders’ historic meeting in Singapore that produced only a vague commitment from Kim to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”(Reuters)
Updated on Mar 04, 2019 02:46 PM IST
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Washington | ByAgence France-Presse

Armed forces free to hit back, says PM Modi on Pulwama terror attack

PM Modi said he could understand public anguish over the attack, carried out by a 22-year-old Pulwama resident who drove a car packed with explosives into a CRPF bus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has given the armed forces a free hand to punish the masterminds of the suicide bombing that killed 45 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the deadliest terrorist attack ever in Kashmir.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he has given the armed forces a free hand to punish the masterminds of the suicide bombing that killed 45 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the deadliest terrorist attack ever in Kashmir.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 17, 2019 12:54 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondents

United States backs India on naming Masood Azhar as global terrorist

The US has backed India’s right to defend itself against cross-border terrorism in the aftermath of Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, even as the two sides pledged to cooperate to eradicate terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.
The American support was conveyed during a phone conversation between National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, on Friday, which was initiated by the US side, the external affairs ministry said in a readout on Saturday.(AFP)
The American support was conveyed during a phone conversation between National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, on Friday, which was initiated by the US side, the external affairs ministry said in a readout on Saturday.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 17, 2019 08:32 AM IST
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