John Bolton Takes Aim at Trump in New Book

Donald Trump and Capitol Building

Key Points:
  • Former national security advisor John Bolton released his book, The Room Where It Happened this week.
  • In his book, Bolton levels a series of explosive allegations at Donald Trump. For example, he claims the President told China to “go ahead” with prison camps.
  • The Trump administration has denied the allegations, calling John Bolton a “traitor,” “disgruntled,” and “a liar.”

John Bolton may be the most hated man in all of American politics.

The neocon war hawk no longer has a place in the post-2016 Republican party, where he’s now seen as a traitor, and his attempt to win favor with moderate Democrats by attacking the President — as so many Bush-era conservatives have done before him — has failed as well.

In his forthcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, the former national security advisor condemns President Trump for doing favors for foreign dignitaries in exchange for help with his reelection campaign, — including giving his blessing to China’s human rights abuses — knowing almost nothing about the basics of foreign policy and mocks him as a bumbling wannabe executive – among other things.

Bolton’s memoir is due to be published this month. However, the Trump administration has applied for an emergency temporary restraining order in an attempt to stop the book’s release, resulting in excerpts of the book being published by several prominent news outlets.

China Claims

Perhaps the most explosive allegations picked up by media outlets this week dealt with the President’s dealings with China. Bolton claims Trump told Chinese President Xi that he supported Beijing’s Uighur prison camps for minority Uighurs.

“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. The National Security Council’s top Asia staffer, Matthew Pottinger, told me that Trump said something very similar during his November 2017 trip to China,” Bolton writes.

The author quotes another US official who added, “which meant we could cross repression of the Uighurs off our list of possible reasons to sanction China, at least as long as trade negotiations continued.”

Trump is also accused of asking Xi to accommodate changes in trade policy that the American believed would help him perform better in agricultural states during his reelection campaign. Bolton says that official accounts of the meetings will support these claims.

“He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Bolton writes.

“He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words, but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.”

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer denied Bolton’s retelling of events on Wednesday. “Absolutely untrue. Never happened. I was there,” he said of that Xi meeting during a Senate Finance hearing. “I was at the meeting…nothing like that happened…Completely crazy.”

Another shocking exchange leaked to the Wall Street Journal, shows Trump apparently supporting the Chinese President’s recommendation to eliminate presidential term limits. “Xi said he wanted to work with Trump for six more years, and Trump replied that people were saying that the two-term constitutional limit on presidents should be repealed for him,” Bolton writes.

“Xi said the US had too many elections, because he didn’t want to switch away from Trump, who nodded approvingly.”


Additional Accusations

Excerpts from John Bolton’s memoir were sent to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Washington Post. Beyond the China allegations, the national security hawk details what he considers a pattern of corruption within the Trump White House. Bolton paints a picture of the President regularly leveraging the power of his office for personal gains.

“The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” Bolton describes, adding that he raised his concerns with William Barr, the US attorney general.

John Bolton also gives several examples meant to show Trump as an inexperienced and incompetent leader. The disgruntled official says he received a note from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2018, after the President met with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, writing, “He is so full of shit.” Pompeo allegedly added that the US’s diplomatic efforts with North Korea under President Trump had “zero probability of success.”

Bolton goes on to describe an embarrassing lack of knowledge on behalf of Donald Trump. For example, the author claims the President lacks basic knowledge about the United Kingdon, going so far as to ask Theresa May: “are you a nuclear power?”

White House Hoping To Block Book Release

Naturally, the White House denies all the author’s charges, calling the book “made up of lies & fake stories.” Trump says he fired Bolton over foreign policy disputes, adding that he’s a “disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war.”

The Trump administration is attempting to stop the book from being published, arguing that it contains classified information. However, the White House’s last-minute restraining was filed too late, as copies had already been distributed to media outlets and booksellers.

Simon & Schuster, The Room Where It Happened’s publisher called the restraining order “a frivolous, politically motivated exercise in futility. Hundreds of thousands of copies have already been distributed around the country and the world. The injunction, as requested by the government, would accomplish nothing.”

Will Cormier / Author

Will Cormier is a sports and political betting writer living in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. When he’s not wandering around the streets of the Arts District aimlessly, a lifetime of pessimism and paranoia has made Will perfectly suited for handicapping politics. Cormier tries to analyze current events as objectively as possible – a strategy that often enrages loyalists on both the right and the left. When he’s not covering major upcoming elections, Will enjoys writing about basketball, football, and MMA from a betting perspective. He also loves dogs, ice cream sundaes, the movie “Stomp the Yard,” and long walks on the beach.