In a sign of the growing animosity brewing between President Donald Trump and former National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham took a sharp shot at Bolton in an interview Friday, blasting his assertion that the White House was responsible for locking him out of Twitter.
“Sometimes,” Grisham told Lou Dobbs on Fox News, “I’ll use my father as an example – somebody who is of an advanced age may not understand that all you have to do is contact Twitter and reset your password if you’ve forgotten it so I’ll just leave it at that.”
Bolton resigned from the administration in September, and rumors have been swirling as to why he departed. Unsurprisingly, the majority of these rumors center around President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine; Bolton reportedly urged the president not to ask President Volodymyr Zelensky to conduct investigations into Burisma and the Bidens. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN was also dismayed at the administration’s decision to put a freeze on U.S. military aid headed to Kyiv.
Bolton himself has yet to speak publicly or specifically about his disagreements with the president, but after being away from Twitter for nearly a month, he returned to the site on Friday to accuse the White House of blocking his access.
“Since resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account. Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!” he tweeted. “In full disclosure, the @WhiteHouse never returned access to my Twitter account. Thank you to @twitter for standing by their community standards and rightfully returning control of my account.”
Asked about Bolton’s claims on “Fox & Friends,” President Trump said he had nothing to do with freezing Bolton out of his Twitter account.
“No, of course not,” Trump said. “I had a good relationship with John.”
As for Grisham, she suspects that Bolton has ulterior motivations for lobbing accusations at the White House.
“I hear he’s got a book deal and I hear he’s been on quite the speaking circuit and charging some high fees for that,” she said. “I guess money can get you to do a lot of things.”