According to John Bolton, the Russian leader is much better than his American counterpart in preparing for meetings and “thinking about the goals he wants to achieve”

Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted in a conversation with reporters that he was afraid to leave face-to-face American leader Donald Trump with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Helsinki in July 2018.


“I didn’t know what he would say,” explained Bolton, answering a question from observers on ABC News, which caused his fears.

The ex-adviser also emphasized that Putin, in his opinion, is preparing for business meetings much better than Trump does. The Russian leader, according to Bolton, conducts training “in an exhaustive way”, always “knows the people he is talking to,” and “thinks about what he wants to say, thinks about the goals he wants to achieve.” “I believe that this is the level of training, thoroughness, planning ahead of time that simply does not fit with Donald Trump,” said Bolton.

The former adviser called the head of the USA a “stunningly uninformed” person, and stated that Putin simply does not see a serious opponent in Trump as a “smart and tough politician”.

In September 2019, Trump dismissed Bolton. Soon after, the ex-adviser to the American leader published his memoirs, where he shared his vision of the political situation and opinions about Trump and his foreign colleagues. The head of the United States reacted very sharply to the release of the book, saying that Bolton “violated the law” by publishing memoirs containing “secret information in huge quantities.” In turn, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit banning the publication of memoirs. However, the Metropolitan District of Columbia federal court dismissed the lawsuit, deciding that the prohibition of the book “will not prevent irreparable damage.”