- According to Bolton, Trump was “pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.”
- Bolton also discusses Trump's gaffes and his playing advisors against one another.
- Trump and the DOJ have sued to stop publication of his book.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton alleges that President Trump begged for help from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in order to be re-elected this year. Bolton’s controversial new book, entitled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is set to be released on June 23.
However, some American newspapers, such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, already have access to it. “Trump’s conversations with Xi reflected not only the incoherence in his trade policy but also the confluence in Trump’s mind of his own political interests and US national interests,” Bolton writes in the book.
According to the excerpts, Trump told his counterpart, during a G20 meeting in 2019, that if he increased US purchases, that would be good for his re-election. According to Bolton, Trump was “pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.” Bolton goes on, “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations.”
Another part, revealed by the American media, refers to the impeachment process Trump suffered, which was rejected by the Senate. Bolton argues it should have been broader, not only focusing on his pressure on Ukraine, but also in other illegal episodes that the president engaged in for political reasons.
As the NYT reported on the book, Trump also wanted to block criminal investigations to give “personal favors to dictators he liked.” Bolton cited cases involving large Chinese and Turkish companies. The pattern “looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept.”
In addition, Bolton tells stories of the president’s gaffes, such as the fact that he does not know that Britain is a nuclear power, or even asking if Finland was part of Russia.
The former aide also pointed out that Trump was much closer to what is known to withdrawing the country from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and that government intelligence reports were a waste of time “since much of the time was spent listening to Trump, rather than Trump listening to the briefers.”
Bolton also accuses Donald Trump of enjoying pitting his team members against each other, as in the case of informing then-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to her using a sexist obscenity.
The book has caused controversy in the United States, and the Trump administration has filed a lawsuit to try to block the book’s release.
Trump: Book is Lies, Classified
“Everybody in the White House hated John Bolton,” Trump fired back in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Trump’s team filed a lawsuit against Bolton to stop the book, and the Justice Department filed an emergency restraining order Wednesday.
The Department of Justice argues that the book reveals “classified information” which might endanger American’s lives if published.