Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who agitated for wars with Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, finds it “inexcusable” that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept Joe Biden’s presumed election victory.

“I think he’s just playing for time in hopes that something will emerge that allows him either to have a good reason why he’s lost or, in his mind, maybe still to win,” Bolton said on Sunday in a CNN interview. “I think that simply emphasizes the need for senior Republican leaders to join those who have begun to come out and say Trump’s behavior is inexcusable.”

Trump has mounted legal challenges alleging fraud in the November 3 election, saying corrupt officials in such cities as Philadelphia, Detroit, and Atlanta swung the outcome in Biden’s favor.

Bolton, whom Trump fired as national security advisor in September 2019, has been a frequent anti-Trump media guest since he published a book on his 17-month stint at the White House in June. The long-time Washington bureaucrat has advocated disastrous wars from Vietnam to Iraq – although he avoided being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.

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Under Trump, he agitated as national security advisor for new wars against Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela. As a State Department official in the George W. Bush administration, Bolton accused Cuba of being a terrorist and biological-weapons threat against the US.

Trump, by contrast, has drawn criticism for his efforts to end US military interventions in countries such as Afghanistan and Syria.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Bolton on Sunday whether the Republican Party would be able to return to its “roots” on foreign policy and other matters, or whether “Trumpism” would remain a permanent influence. (RT)