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John Bolton Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

John Bolton

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Bio/Wiki
Full NameJohn Robert Bolton
Profession(s)American Attorney, Political Commentator, Republican Consultant, and Former Diplomat
Famous ForBeing the 27th United States National Security Advisor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColorHazel Green
Hair ColorGray
Military Service
BranchUnited States Army
UnitUnited States Army Reserve
Maryland Army National Guard
Service Years1970–1976
Attorney & Diplomatic Career
Major Designations• Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development for Program and Policy Coordination (1982–1983)
• The United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs (1985–1988)
• The United States Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division (1988-1989)
• 18th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1989-1993)
• 3rd Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2001-2005)
• 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2005-2006)
• 27th United States National Security Advisor (April 9, 2018 – September 10, 2019)
Personal Life
Date of BirthNovember 20, 1948
Age (as in 2018)70 Years
BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Zodiac signScorpio
SignatureJohn Bolton Signature
NationalityAmerican
HometownBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
SchoolMcDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland
College/UniversityYale University
Educational Qualification(s)• BA from Yale University in 1970
• JD from Yale Law School in 1974
ReligionChristianity (Lutheranism) [1]aei.org
Ethnicity/RaceWhite American
AddressHe lives along with his wife in Bethesda, Maryland
Controversies• According to some of his coworkers, he has often been attempting to pressure the intelligence community to endorse his views.
• According to Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, John Bolton had encouraged to include the statement that British Intelligence had determined Iraq attempted to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger in Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address.
• On July 28, 2005, it was found that Mr Bolton had made false statements while submitting forms to the Senate. Reportedly, in his submission, he cited no questioning by any investigative agency in the prior five years, but in fact, the State Department's Inspector General had questioned him about the pre-war claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
• Melody Townsel, a USAID contractor who’d had a legal tiff with one of Bolton’s clients, claimed that Bolton had stalked her around a hotel, screaming at her and making insinuations about her sexuality and her weight.
Relationships & More
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife- Christine Bolton (m. 1972–1983)
Second Wife- Gretchen Smith (a financial planner with AXA Advisors)
John Bolton With His Wife Gretchen Smith
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Jennifer Sarah Bolton (from his second wife, Gretchen Smith)- Senior Manager at Nissan
John Bolton Wife And Daughter Jennifer
ParentsFather- Edward Jackson "Jack" Bolton (a Baltimore City fireman)
Mother- Virginia Clara "Ginny" (homemaker)
Money Factor
Salary (United States National Security Advisor)$183,000 (as in 2019) [2]cnbc.com
Net WorthNot Known

John Bolton

Some Lesser Known Facts About John Bolton

  • John Bolton is a veteran American Attorney who has also excelled in the fields of political commentary and diplomacy.
  • Bolton is often considered a foreign policy hawk who has strongly advocated for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen, and North Korea.
  • He is also known for supporting the Iraq War and the decision to invade Iraq.
  • Mr Bolton has repeatedly called for the termination of the Iran nuclear deal.
  • In popular media, John Bolton is often described as American nationalist, conservative, and neoconservative; however, he rejects the last term.
  • Mr Bolton spent his childhood in the working-class neighborhood of Yale Heights.
  • He won a scholarship to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland from where he graduated in 1966.

    An Old Photo of John Bolton

    An Old Photo of John Bolton

  • While in school, he was actively involved in the school’s ‘Students For Goldwater’ campaign in 1964.
  • After graduating from Yale University with a BA degree in 1970, he attended Yale Law School from where he earned a J.D. in 1974.
  • While pursuing his J.D., David Keene hired Mr Bolton for a summer internship for Vice President Spiro Agnew.
  • Upon leaving law school, he joined Covington & Burling, one of Washington’s top firms. He also served in the Reagan administration as general counsel to USAID and, briefly, as Attorney General Edwin Meese’s liaison to Congress.
  • In the 1970s, Mr Bolton spent years in private practice litigating “Buckley v. Valeo,” the Supreme Court case that to this day is a controlling decision in federal election law.
  • He considers his early years in government as his education. While talking about those years, he said-

    Ever since I was at USAID, I studied how the bureaucracy works. Every department has a different culture. Working the interagency process successfully means knowing everything about all those cultures.”

  • Although he supported the Vietnam War, he avoided military service in Vietnam; because he considered that they had already lost the war. In his Yale 25th reunion book, he wrote-

    I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”

  • One of the proudest moments for John Bolton in public service was when Senator Joe Biden, opposing Bolton’s confirmation for a job in George W. Bush’s State Department, said he was “too competent.” Biden had said in his statement-

    I would rather be stupid and not very effective.”

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  • In 1989, while serving as the State Department’s assistant secretary for international organizations in the George W. Bush administration, he tried to reform America’s relationship with the United Nations and proposed a “unitary UN” policy instead of separate policies for numerous UN agencies like UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Development Program, UNICEF, etc.

    John Bolton With George W Bush

    John Bolton With George W Bush

  • In the 1990s, Mr Bolton was mentored by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III in George H. W. Bush‘s administration.
  • In his memoir titled “Surrender Is Not an Option,” he has revealed many facets of his personal and professional life.

    John Bolton Memoir

    John Bolton Memoir

  • His sense of humor is often described more mordant than funny; as can be seen from his statement about the United Nations that he gave in 1994-

    The Secretariat Building in New York has 38 stories. If you lost ten stories today, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”

  • His term at the United Nations is called “the most controversial ambassador ever sent by America to the United Nations” by the Economist. John Bolton
  • On December 4, 2006, Mr Bolton announced the termination of his work as U.S. representative to the UN.
  • During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, Donald Trump named John Bolton as a possible choice for Secretary of State. However, when he wasn’t chosen for the post, many of Trump’s associates claimed that it was due to Trump’s disdain for Bolton’s signature mustache. John Bolton Mustache
  • During his 2016 keynote address to the American Freedom Alliance, he quoted former President Barack Obama as both a Muslim and a monarch.
  • On September 10, 2019, Trump asked for his resignation from the post of the National Security Advisor. According to sources, both clashed over policy approach, Afghanistan, and military action.

    Donald Trump Tweet about John Bolton Resignation

    Donald Trump Tweet about John Bolton Resignation

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