Ex-Official: Trump Complained That The U.S. Navy Was Pushing Back Against Russia
President Donald Trump once called former National Security Adviser John Bolton at home to complain about a news story on CNN relating to Russia and the U.S. military, a former aide testified to impeachment investigators.
According to Politico, Christopher Anderson, an aide to former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker, said Bolton told him in early 2019 that “Trump had called him at his home to complain about a CNN story that made it appear the Navy was pushing back against Russian aggression in the Black Sea.”
Anderson said at issue was a routine “freedom-of-navigation” operation in the Black Sea, and that Turkey had been notified of the maneuver in advance. But a CNN report on the situation cast the move as a response to Russia, prompting the White House to cancel the operation.
“We met with Ambassador Bolton and discussed this, and he made it clear that the president had called him to complain about that news report. And that may have just been that he was surprised,” Anderson recalled. “We don't — I can't speculate as to why, but that, that operation was canceled, but then we were able to get a second one for later in February. And we had an Arleigh-class destroyer arrive in Odessa on the fifth anniversary of the Crimea invasion.”