John Bolton’s book, The Room Where it Happened, was released last week. Like many others, I was interested in reading this book. In the US, it became a pattern that as soon as one leaves office, suddenly it is time to write a memoir. In addition, the timing of the book is interesting.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has stated that he is open to an eventual meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, in an interview published on Sunday. The move by Trump in a way reduces the weight of his Venezuelan opponent Juan Guaidó.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, John Bolton, can go on and publish his book full of criticism against his former boss. This is after a court denied an injunction by the Trump administration to try and stop publication of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”
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.
John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, says he is prepared to testify if the Senate summons him in their impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Democrats believe Bolton has direct information to support their allegations of abuse of power by the president. Trump dismissed John Bolton from the post of national security adviser last September. The US president said Bolton had made mistakes in his analyzes of North Korea.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations, has said that Iran will not negotiate with the United States, despite John Bolton’s ouster. The day before, US President Donald Trump announced that he had fired Bolton as US National Security Adviser. Mr. Bolton is a hard-line figure and a strong supporter of the MEK in the White House.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton has traveled to meet with UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s top officials to “keep London in line with pressure on Iran and secure shipping in the Gulf.” Iran and the US-UK joint approach to the country are expected to be among the most important issues of Bolton’s meetings and talks with British officials.
Kim Jong-un inspected a new submarine in what looks like a new gesture to pressure the US within the framework of denuclearization talks. While negotiations remain stagnant, North Korea does not stop its military development. North Korean propaganda media yesterday claimed that Kim reviewed the submarine, with a deployment near the waters of the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas).
On Friday, in “the most important foreign policy vote in the United States Congress,” the Democrat-controlled House voted to reauthorize the often-contentious National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)— and tied President Trump’s war-making hands in doing so. Twenty Republicans voted with the majority on a bipartisan amendment to require the president to get congressional approval before attacking Iran. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces long odds, and the threat of a presidential veto.
On Monday, in one of his last acts as acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan announced the United States would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East. They will join the roughly 1,500 American troops already there— plus an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missile batteries, and bombers— to counter what the Trump administration sees as a threat from Iran. It is the latest development in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries, which some fear may lead to war. And Congress— nominally, an important player in the use of military force— might not be involved.
- President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the military to close the US-Mexican border against an “onslaught” of migrants, stepping up his anti-immigrant rhetoric ahead of congressional elections.
- The Mexican ambassador to the United States said U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed on a plan to handle the approaching migrant caravan. He also said that they had reason to believe that the migrant caravan from Honduras heading towards the U.S. border was not the result of a grassroots effort, but was “politically motivated.”
- Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly got into an angry and profane shouting match with National Security Advisor John Bolton just steps from the Oval Office, according to reports.
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently told the Harvard Kennedy School that if Democrats take back the House in the 2018 midterm elections, they will trade “nothing” in exchange for a border wall.
- A Democratic strategist says: “Where immigration was never a motivating issue for Democrats the way it’s been for Republicans, that’s starting to shift. One of the great ironies of Trump’s attacks on immigrants and people of color is that the public increasingly sees immigration as a good thing.”
- The Washington Post claims the The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into the United States.