by WorldTribune Staff, May 17, 2019
The media, via anonymous sources, is pushing a “false narrative” aimed at destroying national security adviser John Bolton, according to Bolton’s former chief of staff.
“The Left is going after Ambassador John Bolton right now by pushing the false narrative that he is trying to push President Trump into a war with Iran,” said Fred Fleitz, a former Bolton aide who runs the Center for Security Policy.
“This is false. Bolton never acts without the president’s full support. This is an effort to undermine President Trump’s foreign policy by destroying his most valuable national security adviser. The media is happy to only quote anonymous sources and former Obama officials to promote this false narrative,” said Fleitz, who is also on the WorldTribune.com Board of Advisors.
Recent headlines include: CNN: “Trump’s irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy”; Washington Post: “John Bolton and Trump are ‘in a different place’ on Iran as tensions rise”; Fox News’ Tucker Carlson: “Bolton would love to have a war with Iran”.
The New York Times reported that Trump is considering sending over 100,000 troops to the Middle East. The White House responded by saying there are no such plans.
The U.S. has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group to the Mideast in response to intelligence indicating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was planning to attack U.S. troops in the region.
Iran in the past has orchestrated Iraqi Shiite groups to conduct bombing attacks on U.S. troops, killing over 600 Americans, the Pentagon has said.
The increased U.S. presence in the region was also a response to Iran’s alleged sabotaging of oil tankers.