Ex-adviser makes explosive charges against Trump in disclosure book
06.31 a.m .: Foreign policy based on gut instinct, dangerous ignorance and an overwhelming desire for a second term – this is how former National Security Advisor John Bolton describes the style of government of US President Donald Trump. In his new disclosure book, he also accuses the president of putting his personal interests above those of the country and repeatedly abusing his office for it, US media reported on Wednesday. Trump in turn has accused Bolton of not always telling the truth. Faced with recent allegations, the president told the Wall Street Journal that Bolton was a “liar” that everyone in the White House hated. An overview of the allegations:
Reelection as a leitmotif
“It is really difficult to identify any significant Trump decision during my time in the White House that was not driven by considerations about his re-election,” Bolton writes in a chapter previously published by the Wall Street Journal. Even the struggle with China for a trade deal Trump wanted to use openly for his re-election, the New York Times reported, citing the book to be published next Tuesday – if it wasn’t yet at the request of the White House by one Court is blocked.
Prevention of investigations
Bolton writes, according to the newspaper, that impeachment proceedings against Trump were justified not only because of the allegations in the Ukraine affair, but also because of other cases. Trump has repeatedly stopped criminal investigations in favor of “dictators”, for example in relation to China and Turkey. Bolton writes, among other things, that the investigation was about the companies ZTE and Halkbank. “The behavioral pattern looked like everyday business after the disability of the judiciary, which we couldn’t accept,” said Bolton. At the time, he also wrote his concerns to Justice Secretary William Barr.
China election aid
With regard to China, Trump has made it clear on several occasions in the negotiations for a trade agreement that his aim is to achieve a result that would allow him to win in the agricultural states in the US election in November, Bolton writes . China’s promise to buy more agricultural products was an important part of the agreement. Trump asked China’s President Xi Jinping to ensure “that he would win,” Bolton said. “He emphasized the importance of farmers and larger Chinese soybean and wheat purchases for the outcome of the election,” Bolton wrote.
“A president must not abuse the legitimate power of the government by equating his personal interests with the interests of the country …” Bolton writes about Trump. Bolton also gives out against the president’s advisors, including son-in-law Jared Kushner – self-criticism, however, seems to be in short supply.
Does Finland belong to Russia?
Bolton, who had worked closely with Trump for a year and a half, also accused the President of frequently basing his foreign policy on gut instinct and ignorance. For example, Trump did not know that Britain was a nuclear power and once asked if Finland belonged to Russia, according to Bolton, according to the “New York Times”. Trump is also said to have seriously considered leaving NATO and described an invasion of Venezuela as “cool”.
Bolton also explains that it was clear that Trump’s personal diplomacy with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un would never lead to a satisfactory outcome. During a meeting with the North Korean in 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Bolton put a slip of paper in which he wrote about Trump: “He talks so much shit”.
White House wants to prevent publication
The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against the publication of the book on Tuesday. Bolton disseminated secret information and thus also endangers national security, it was said to justify. Bolton had received around two million dollars (1.78 million euros) for the book, it said. The Simon & amp; Schuster criticized the lawsuit sharply and spoke of efforts to suppress unwanted information.
So far, there has been no book from Trump’s closest leadership in the White House whose author was known – but there was an anonymous book. Trump fired Bolton in September over disputes over Iran, North Korea, and other issues. Bolton said he quit, but the president claims he kicked him out. The nearly 600-page work “The Room Where It Happened” was originally supposed to be published in March, but the White House stopped the publication.
Bolton now wants to express himself in a detailed television interview that is to be broadcast on Sunday. In a pre-published interview excerpt, Bolton said that Russian President Vladimir Putin believed he could manipulate Trump at will because he was not a “serious opponent”. “I don’t think he’s worried about him.” Putin has an advantage because he has spent his entire life trying to achieve Russia’s strategic position in the world, whereas Trump does not “want to read or learn” about such issues.
Trump wants to stop his ex-consultant’s book
Wednesday, June 17, 6:53 a.m .: US President Donald Trump wants to stop the publication of an obviously highly explosive book by his former security advisor John Bolton by legal means. The US government filed a lawsuit with a federal court in Washington Tuesday against the book’s scheduled release next week. It is said to contain serious charges against Trump.
The lawsuit argues that Bolton did not follow the government-approved approval process for the book publication. The book is slated to be released next Tuesday, with no final government screening for secret information not allowed for publication. In its current form, the work contains such information and thus represents a “clear violation” of the terms of Bolton’s previous appointment in the White House.
The publishing house Simon & Schuster advertises the publication with the saying “This is the book that Donald Trump does not want you to read”. It is generally expected that the former security adviser will comment in detail on the Ukraine affair, due to which an – ultimately failed – impeachment procedure against the president had been initiated.
According to the publisher’s announcements, Bolton not only accuses the president of serious misconduct in dealing with Kiev, but also in a number of other foreign policy fields. In a previously published excerpt, Bolton also wrote that almost all of Trump’s important decisions were determined by tactical “calculus” – an accusation that was particularly explosive just five months before the presidential election. In addition, according to the publisher, Bolton reports on “Chaos in the White House”.