Document:John Bolton on Trump
|Mr Bolton should have come forward during President Trump's impeachment proceedings rather than save his account for a $2 million book contract|
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John Bolton on Trump
John Bolton, Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor, has written about Trump in "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir".
Bolton describes Trump not knowing that Britain was a nuclear power.
Bolton says Trump once asked former Chief of Staff John Kelly if Finland was a part of Russia.
Bolton says Putin was able to change Trump's mind on Venezuela by equating opposition leader Juan Guaidó to Hillary Clinton.
According to Bolton:
- Trump agreed to 'back off' criminal probes as 'personal favours' to dictators.
- Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he should go ahead with building camps the regime was constructing for Chinese Uighurs.
- Trump spent part of the Osaka summit 'pleading with Xi to ensure he'd win re-election by buying US crops'.
- Trump made it a 'high priority' to get Mike Pompeo to hand a copy of Elton John's 'Rocket Man' to North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un.
- Defended Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to distract attention from Ivanka Trump using personal email.
The US Justice Department is seeking to stop publication of Bolton's memoir.
Bolton writes - "The Trump presidency is not grounded in philosophy, grand strategy or policy. It is grounded in Trump."
Bolton describes a meeting in New Jersey in 2019 where Trump attacks journalists amid his ongoing worry about leaks and says they should be forced to give up their sources. "These people should be executed. They are scumbags," Trump said, according to Bolton.
According to Bolton, Mike Pompeo mocked Donald Trump behind his back by slipping John Bolton a note saying 'he is so full of shit'.
Bolton's Book Says Trump Impeachment Inquiry Missed Other Troubling Actions - The New York Times
New York Times
The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” was obtained by The New York Times in advance of its scheduled publication next Tuesday 23 June 2020 and has already become a political lightning rod in the thick of an election campaign and a No. 1 best seller on Amazon.com even before it hits the bookstores. The US Justice Department went to court on Wednesday for the second time this week seeking to stop publication even as critics complained that Mr Bolton should have come forward during President Trump's impeachment proceedings rather than save his account for a $2 million book contract.