John Bolton confirms he will run for president in 2024

Former Trump national security advisor has come out as vocal critic of his onetime boss.

Updated: January 7, 2023 - 3:35pm

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Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton this week confirmed that he will be mounting a 2024 presidential bid, one meant in part to prevent former President Donald Trump himself from once again claiming the White House. 

Bolton told Good Morning Britain that he was planning on entering the race as a legitimate candidate and not merely a spoiler for Trump. “I wouldn’t run as a vanity candidate,” he told the show. “If I didn’t think I could run seriously, then I wouldn’t get in the race.”

The onetime U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has emerged as a fierce and vocal critic of Trump following his 2019 firing by Trump via Twitter. 

Bolton in 2020 published a memoir of his time in the White House, The Room Where it Happened; the Trump White House at the time sought to block publication of it but ultimately failed.