Bolton, John Robert

Bolton, John Robert,

1948–, U.S. government official, b. Baltimore, grad Yale (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1974). A conservative Republican who has supported hardline, unilateral approaches to international relations and been critical of multilateral international agreements and institutions, Bolton worked (1981–83) in the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as assistant attorney general (1985–89) under President ReaganReagan, Ronald Wilson
, 1911–2004, 40th president of the United States (1981–89), b. Tampico, Ill. In 1932, after graduation from Eureka College, he became a radio announcer and sportscaster.
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, was assistant secretary of state (1989–93) under President George H. W. BushBush, George Herbert Walker,
1924–2018, 41st President of the United States (1989–93), b. Milton, Mass., B.A., Yale Univ., 1948. Career in Business and Government
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, and was under secretary of state for arms control and international security (2001–5) and interim U.S. ambassador to the UN (2005–6) under President George BushBush, George Walker,
1946–, 43d President of the United States (2001–9), b. New Haven, Conn. The eldest son of President George H. W. Bush, he was was raised in Texas and, like his father, attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and Yale, graduating in 1968.
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. From 2018 to 2019 he was national security adviser to President TrumpTrump, Donald John,
1946–, 45th President of the United States (2017–21), b. New York City. Prior to his election as president in 2016, he was a business executive and television personality rather than a political leader. After attending Fordham Univ.
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, but often was at odds with Trump on policy, a tenure detailed in The Room Where It Happened (2020), which accused Trump of seeking political favors from foreign countries. Bolton also has practiced law in the private sector (1974–81, 1983–85, 1993–99), been active in such conservative organizations as the American Enterprise Institute, where he was vice president (1997–2001), and worked as a television commentator.


See his memoir, Surrender Is Not an Option (2007).

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