Ron Paul on Bolton’s Russia meeting

August 24, 2018

Donald Trump was elected president as a populist outsider who talked non-intervention, but his administration is being hijacked by neoconservatives who want to preserve the US empire, former congressman Ron Paul has told RT.

Paul was commenting on the meeting of Trump’s new national security advisor, John Bolton, with his Russian counterpart Nikolay Patrushev in Geneva on Thursday, which the US envoy described as making “considerable progress” in relations between Washington and Moscow.

“I thought it was terrible. All he did was threaten people and assume we control the world,” the former Texas congressman told RT.

There was no joint statement after the talks, because reportedly Bolton insisted that Russia admit it meddled in the 2016 US election, and Patrushev countered by asking the US to stop interfering in the affairs of other countries.

“I would consider how much we have done, especially since World War II, how many elections we have been involved in, how many coups we’ve participated in, including Ukraine… I would say in comparison this current Russiagate… is just minuscule, as far as I’m concerned,” Paul told RT. “It’s blown way out of proportion, and it’s a distraction from some of the more important issues.”

Moscow looks set in its ways and Washington remains “very much interventionist,” Paul said, citing as one example US failure to fulfil its promises not to expand NATO eastward to the borders of Russia.

“We don’t think our president really at heart endorses all these positions… yet the people he has hired do,” Paul said, bringing up his appointment of Bolton, a neoconservative hawk from the George W. Bush administration.

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