Gretchen Smith Bolton, John Bolton’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Gretchen Smith, John Bolton's Wife

Getty John Bolton and his wife Gretchen arrive for former British Prime minister Lady Margaret Thatcher's 80th birthday party at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in central London, 13 October 2005.

Gretchen Smith is John Bolton’s wife. She is a financial planner with AXA Advisors. The couple has a daughter, Jennifer, together. Bolton was previously married to a woman named Christine between 1972 and 1983. Gretchen and Bolton were married in January 1986.

In September 2019, Bolton resigned as the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted on September 10, “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

A May 2005 New York Times feature on John Bolton saw friends describe him as a “very private person who is devoted to his wife.” When President George W. Bush appointed Bolton as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, the then-president thanked Gretchen for her “service and sacrifice.”

Here’s what you need to know about the love of John Bolton’s life:


1. Gretchen Studied at the Same College as President Donald Trump

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GettyJohn Bolton and his wife Gretchen arrive at the White House for a state dinner April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC .

According to Gretchen Smith’s LinkedIn page, she studied at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. That’s the same school that President Donald Trump attended between 1966 and 1968. Gretchen attended slightly later, attaining a certificate in retirement planning from the school in 2007. On her LinkedIn page, Gretchen describes herself as “helping individuals and businesses build financial security and success.’ Gretchen says that she uses “a practical approach” to help a client to achieve “specific financial goals.”

What John Bolton's Past Tells Us About His Future As Trump's National Security Adviser (HBO)When John Bolton becomes Donald Trump’s national security advisor later this month, he’ll assume more influence over U.S foreign policy than he’s ever had before. That has a lot of people nervous: Bolton has rarely seen a military intervention he didn’t like — he supported the war in Iraq (and still does), regime change in Iran, and a first strike against North Korea’s nuclear program. But the last time Bolton was up for a big job — his 2005 nomination for ambassador to the United Nations — what tripped him up wasn’t his policies; it was testimony about his penchant for berating subordinates, and a refusal to listen to information that countered his personal beliefs. Carl Ford, Jr., was the director of the State Department bureau responsible for intelligence analysis in 2002, when Bolton was under secretary of state for Arms Control. At the time, the Bush administration was building up evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq — wrongfully, as it turned out — and Bolton was seeking to make the case that another country, Cuba, was working on its own biological weapons program. (It wasn't.) Ford’s analysts disagreed, and Bolton, Ford says, didn’t want to hear it. He called the analyst into his office, and threatened to have him fired. Ford fought back. “I was steaming,” Ford recalled. “I explained to him… ‘John, if you want to say this, that you believe it — be our guest. But you cannot say that it's the intelligence community's view.” The drama that ensued followed Bolton for years, and nearly kept him out of the UN job. He was later granted a recess appointment by the president. But more than a decade later, former colleagues say it’s much more worrisome as a sign of how Bolton might deal with intelligence that contradicts his views in his much more powerful position. “It is the best evidence we have of how he will behave in the future,” said Greg Thielmann, another former State Department intel analyst who worked with Bolton. “These things might be academic but this is how you build the case for war.” Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo2018-04-04T01:39:15.000Z

Gretchen has also studied at the American College, Wellesley College and gained a Master’s degree at New York University. She has worked as a financial advisor for more than 25 years. Gretchen has worked at AXA Advisors in the Washington D.C.-area since 1993. On her Facebook page, Gretchen says that she is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.


2. Gretchen Smith Ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon

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GettyBolton (R) sits in the Oval Office of the White House with his wife Gretchen Bolton (C) after a meeting with US President George W. Bush December 4, 2006 in Washington, DC.

In nine years on Twitter, Bolton has tweeted about his wife twice, in April 2015, wishing her luck in the Boston Marathon:

In a tweet the day before that message, Bolton wrote, “My wife was running in the @bostonmarathon marathon two years ago .. And she’s running again on Monday. #BostonStrong.” In the wake of the terrorist bombing that befell the 2013 race, Gretchen was one of the many runners who were unable to complete the run. Though she returned to finish the race in 2014.


3. Gretchen Learned She Was Pregnant With the Couple’s Daughter While They Were on Their Honeymoon to China

John Bolton George W. Bush

GettyThe Bolton’s pictured with former President George W. Bush in 2007.

A 2005 feature in the Baltimore Sun on Bolton detailed that the couple found out that Gretchen was pregnant with their first child while they were on their honeymoon. The couple’s trip took them to China, Nepal and Tibet, according to the article. In the same piece, Gretchen describes her husband as “relatively soft-spoken, shy man who asserts himself where he thinks is necessary.”

Gretchen continued, “I think his outspoken speeches, his forthrightness, is something people value because they know exactly where he stands. It doesn’t mean everyone always agrees with him, but they know what he thinks.”


4. The Couple’s Daughter, Jennifer Bolton, Is a Senior Manager at Nissan

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John Bolton’s daughter, Jennifer, pictured with her mother in November 2017.

The Bolton’s daughter, Jennifer, is a senior manager with auto-manufacturer, Nissan, and is based in Nashville, Tennessee, according to her LinkedIn page. Jennifer has worked as a manufacturer since June 2014. Jennifer wrote her thesis on the company’s supply chain optimization while she studied mechanical engineering at Yale. Her father graduated from the school in 1970.

Prior to working in the motor industry, Jennifer worked in investment banking for Morgan Stanley, beginning in 2007 as an intern in New York City before moving to Hong Kong from 2010 until 2011. Jennifer had studied for an MBA and a civil engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of Holton Arms preparatory school in Bethesda, Maryland. Jennifer Bolton is also a licensed ski instructor. A 2005 New York Times feature noted that Gretchen and her daughter are avid skiers, while Bolton does not ski.

Jennifer Bolton told the Yale Daily News in October 2015 that she is a conservative but “nothing is certain.” Jennifer didn’t say whether or not she had political ambitions and was tired of denying that she did saying, “It’s pointless. Anyway, everyone at Yale secretly believes that everyone else at Yale wants to be involved with politics.”


5. Gretchen ‘Provides Social Grease’ at Functions the Couple Attends

Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBCPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday said he asked Bolton to resign after he "disagreed with many of his suggestions." Bolton had clashed with other top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit msnbc.com: http://on.msnbc.com/Readmsnbc Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: http://MSNBC.com/NewslettersYouTube Find MSNBC on Facebook: http://on.msnbc.com/Likemsnbc Follow MSNBC on Twitter: http://on.msnbc.com/Followmsnbc Follow MSNBC on Instagram: http://on.msnbc.com/Instamsnbc Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC2019-09-10T17:24:48.000Z

New York Magazine wrote about Bolton in December 2005 saying that Gretchen provided the “social grease” at functions the couple attended together. The feature described Gretchen as “sweet-faced, warm, and unafraid of grabbing guests by their arms and leading them into the dining room.”

When the Bolton’s moved into the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.’s residence in Manhattan’s Waldorf Towers, Gretchen was pictured smiling while showing reporters around their new home.

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