Trump is ‘very serious’ about leaving NATO

John Bolton looks on as President Donald Trump (left) holds a meeting in the White House, in Washington, on August 20, 2019. [Doug Mills/The New York Times]

"Erdogan would appeal to Trump as somebody who he could work with and I think Trump would accept that," says the onetime White House hawk Ambassador John Bolton. The former national security adviser to Donald Trump, who became a fierce critic of the former president, expresses his concerns to Kathimerini about Trump's imminent return to power while stating that the presidential candidate may hold unpleasant surprises for the future of NATO.

Founder of the Foundation for American Security and Freedom, the veteran diplomat explains that Trump's attraction to authoritarian figures such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may disturb the balance in the Eastern Mediterranean, while acknowledging the mistakes of US foreign policy in Ukraine, stressing that "the military assistance that has been provided to Ukraine has not been provided in a strategic way."

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