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Bolton lashes out at Trump's foreign policy at event: Reports

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton (R) listens to U.S. President Trump talk to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House July 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.
President Trump speaks as then-National Security Adviser John Bolton listens at the White House in July. Photo: by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former national security adviser John Bolton told a Manhattan event Wednesday that negotiations with North Korea and Iran are "doomed to failure" and a plan to invite the Taliban to Camp David ahead of the 9/11 anniversary was "disrespectful," Politico and CNN report.

Why it matters: It was already clear that Bolton had sharp disagreements with Trump during his time at the White House. But his reported comments at the private lunch are remarkable not just because they reveal how bitter Bolton's disputes with Trump were, but also because he seems willing to openly air them just days after leaving the White House.

Scoop: Trump expected to formally nominate Peter Gaynor as FEMA chief

Donald Trump speaks during a visit to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) HQ
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President Trump intends to tap deputy FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor as the agency's permanent director, 2 sources familiar with Trump's decision tell Axios.

Why it matters: The administration has been operating without a confirmed FEMA chief during an active hurricane season after the nomination of Jeffrey Byard stalled in the Senate.