Bolton claps back at Colbert: You've 'really insulted me' by calling me 'naive'

John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Ex-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon MORE took exception to CBS "Late Show" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package GOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE calling him "naive" for going to work for the Trump administration, with the former national security adviser explaining that he thought it was possible to work with the president when he took the job in 2018. 

"My rule is, everything you think about Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE is probably true, because he’s not deep enough to get your socks wet in. He’s incredibly readable. That’s why when he ran casinos, the house lost," Colbert said. "There’s nothing to learn about him. That’s why he’s essentially a boring person. How did you not know beforehand that he was just callow?"

"Because I couldn’t believe it was that bad," Bolton, who is currently on a media tour to promote his new book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," responded.

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"But you’re a national negotiator, how could you be naive?" the host pressed. "You’ve dealt with the worst people in the world."

"You’ve really insulted me now by calling me naive," Bolton shot back. "Look, I thought it was possible to work with somebody. I thought surely they would want to learn about the complexities of arms control negotiations and that sort of thing, and as I detail in the book, that turned out not to be true."

Bolton also reiterated that he won't be voting for his former boss or presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE in November.

"I worry about them both. This is a terrible election from my perspective," he added.

Bolton's scathing portrayal of Trump was released on Tuesday.