Bolton’s detailed inside-the-Oval revelations have raised the blood pressure of allies who were already stressed about President Trump’s unreliability.
What we’re seeing: Bolton’s account of Trump’s disdain toward South Korea — as a freeloader whom the U.S. has no business protecting — was “met with consternation in Seoul,” writes the well-sourced Sue Mi Terry in Foreign Affairs.
“After all, it is one thing to suspect that the president of the United States doesn’t care about your country and is simply pursuing diplomacy to get his picture in the newspaper; it is quite another to have the suspicion confirmed by one of the president’s most senior advisers,” she wrote.
Between the lines: South Korea is far from the only country grappling with Bolton’s revelations.
European officials, who have spent three and a half years fretting that Trump would withdraw the U.S. from NATO, are treated to a hair-raising account of just how close Trump came to announcing he would do just that.