WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. President Donald Trump was on the attack on Wednesday. His target: His former National Security John Bolton, who he says he fired. Bolton says he quit the job.
The president's interest in hitting out at Bolton, is to attempt to undermine his credibility, as senators weigh up whether to call him as a witness for the trial over Mr Trump's impeachment, currentl;y taking place in Washington.
Democrats want Bolton to testify, whereas the Republicans are trying desperately to prevent that from happening.
Bolton has confirmed in a draft of a book he has just written about his time as Trump's National Security Adviser, that he has first-hand knowledge of Mr Trump's motivation in blocking aid to Ukraine, a key element of the impeachment trial.
In two tweets on Wednesday, Mr Trump bore into Bolton's past and his failure to get Congressional approval to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W.Bush. He also took aim at his former top national security official at his hawkish approach, saying if he had listened to him, 'we' would be in World War Six by now.'
"For a guy who couldn't get approved for the Ambassador to the UN years ago, couldn't get approved for anything since, 'begged' me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying 'Don't do it, sir,' takes the job, mistakenly says 'Libyan Model' on T.V., and ... many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. "All Classified National Security. Who would do this?" the Trump tweets stated.
On Wednesdfasy senators remained at a stale mate over the issue of whether witnesses would be called, and whether documents , the White House has so far refused to provide, are subpoenaed.
Republicans are saying that if Bolton is called then they will call Hunter Biden, son of 2020 presidential candidate, and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
An alternaative approach is for Republican senators to agree to the calling of witnesses and documents, but to get the White House to claim executive privilege, thus blocking witnesses, including Bolton from appearing, and from documents having to be provided. With this option, the risk is the trial may be extended by the application for court orders to have the executive privilege orders overturned.