Trump lashes out against John Bolton in response to damning allegations in tell-all memoir
- President Donald Trump lashed out at his former national security adviser, John Bolton, over the slew of allegations against the Trump administration in Bolton's upcoming bombshell book.
- Bolton made various claims about the president, including Trump allegedly showing approval for concentration camps in China and pleading with China's Xi Jinping to support his re-election.
- In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump accused Bolton of breaking the law and called him a "washed-up guy" who he gave a "chance" to in his administration.
- "Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him," Trump tweeted late Wednesday. "A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracised & happily dumped. What a dope!"
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President Donald Trump slammed his former national security adviser, John Bolton, over the slew of allegations against the Trump administration in Bolton's upcoming book.
Excerpts and summaries of Bolton's explosive tell-all book, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," were released on Wednesday, shedding light on alleged conversations inside the Trump White House, where "obstruction of justice" is seen "as a way of life," Bolton wrote in his book.
Bolton claimed the president gave "personal favours to dictators he liked," namely that Trump sought out the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping with his re-election campaign in the US, even as Trump continually blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bolton also claimed Trump showed approval China holding Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps.
"According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do," Bolton wrote in his book.
Lawmakers at the time urged the Trump administration to consider implementing sanctions on China for their treatment of the Uyghurs. On Wednesday, the president signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, The White House confirmed Wednesday.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who also attended the meeting with Trump and Xi in Osaka, said Bolton's account of their conversation "never happened" and that it was "absolutely untrue," according to The Wall Street Journal's report.
In response to Bolton's allegations in the book, Trump called him a "liar."
"Everybody in the White House hated John Bolton," the president said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Bolton's book also elaborated on the Ukraine scandal that was at the center of Trump's impeachment trial earlier this year; Bolton wrote that Trump kept telling White House officials to withhold aid to the country as leverage for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.
"Ukraine tried to take me down. I'm not f-ing interested in helping them," Trump is quoted in the book from a meeting last May, according to The Journal.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who served as the lead impeachment manager, condemned Bolton's revelation, saying he "may be an author, but he's no patriot." Bolton refused to testify in Trump's impeachment trial and threatened to sue if he was subpoenaed to appear before Congress.
"Bolton's staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump's abuses, and did. They had a lot to lose and showed real courage," Schiff tweeted Wednesday. "When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he'd sue if subpoenaed."
"Instead, he saved it for a book," Schiff added.
The Trump administration filed a lawsuit against Bolton for his book, and the Justice Department filed an emergency restraining order Wednesday to stop Bolton's book from being published, saying that it reveals "classified information."
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in a Wednesday statement that publishing Bolton's book would "damage our national security and threaten the sources and methods the Intelligence Community relies upon to safeguard the American people."
"Regardless of rank and position, every individual entrusted with access to our nation's secrets has a legal duty and responsibility to protect classified information," he continued.
In a phone interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump also claimed Bolton "broke the law" with his bombshell book.
"I used a washed-up guy," Trump told Hannity. "I gave him a chance."
"Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him," Trump wrote in the tweet. "A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracised & happily dumped. What a dope!"
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