Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said he was not impressed with the low price offered by an Iranian military operative to have him assassinated, joking that he was “embarrassed” by his $300,000 price tag.
Bolton was asked about the failed murder-for-hire plot during an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room on Wednesday.
“Well, I was embarrassed at the low price. I thought it would’ve been higher. But I guess maybe it was the exchange rate problem or something,” Bolton quipped.
Bolton added that he had “a general understand of what that threat was,” but said he was not aware of many of the specifics.
The Department of Justice announced Wendesday that it had filed charges against Shahram Poursafi, 45, a member of Iran’s notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
He has been accused of putting a hit on former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, likely in retaliation for the US killing IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani in Jan. 2020.
Poursafi was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support for a transnational murder plot, as well as using interstate commerce facilities to commit murder-for-hire. He remains at large.