John Bolton's new book: Here are some of its shocking claims about Trump
US President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton has accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping's help to win re-election to offering favours to dictators.
Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton has made several explosive revelations in his new book about President Donald Trump that include explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping's help to win 2020 re-election. The bombshell allegations came after the White House in a lawsuit sought to block the publication of the book.
Excerpts from the book -- "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir" -- were carried by The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
Bolton, a longtime foreign policy hawk, was fired by Trump in September over policy differences. Published by Simon & Schuster, his book is slated to hit the stores on June 23. The White House says the forthcoming book is "full of classified information" and would compromise national security.
On Wednesday night, the Department of Justice sought an emergency order from a judge to stop the book's release.
The government is seeking a court hearing on Friday. The President, meanwhile, on Twitter said that Bolton's "book is full of lies and fake stories".
Wacko John Bolton’s “exceedingly tedious”(New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized & happily dumped. What a dope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
Here are some of the explosive claims made in Bolton's book:
TRUME PLEADED WITH CHINA TO HELP HIM WIN 2020 ELECTIONS
According to the excerpt of the book published by the Wall Street Journal, Trump asked China to use its economic power to help him win a second election. Bolton claims that Trump sought the Chinese President's help in his reelection during a meeting in Osaka on June 29, 2019 on the sidelines of a G-20 summit.
"In their meeting in Osaka on June 29, Xi told Trump that the US-China relationship was the most important in the world. He said that some (unnamed) American political figures were making erroneous judgments by calling for a new cold war with China," the former NSA claims.
"Trump then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election, alluding to China's economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he'd win.
"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," he said, according to the excerpts of the book.
TRUMP OFFERED FAVOURS TO DICTATORS
Bolton said that the US President had expressed a willingness to halt criminal investigations to give "personal favours to dictators he liked," according to a book excerpt published in the New York Times.
One incident published in the Washington Post includes a 2018 discussion with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. Bolton says Erdogan gave Trump a memo claiming that a Turkish firm under investigation in the US was innocent.
“Trump then told Erdogan he would take care of things, explaining that the southern district prosecutors were not his people, but were Obama people, a problem that would be fixed when they were replaced by his people.”
TRUMP WAS OPEN TO SERVING MORE THAN TWO TERMS
In another exchange published in the Wall Street Journal, Trump also seems to support Xi’s idea of eliminating 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 in the book.
“Xi said the US had too many elections, because he didn’t want to switch away from Trump, who nodded approvingly.”
TRUMP PRAISED XI FOR CHINA'S INTERNMENT CAMPS
According to the former NSA, Trump was also approving when the Chinese President defended China’s internment of Uighur Muslims in detention 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 writes, adding another top White House official said Trump made similar comments during his November 2017 trip to China.
According to leaked Communist party documents published in November, at least 1 million Uighur Muslims are detained in the camps.
TRUMP'S STAFF MOCKED HIM
According to reports citing the book's excerpts, the US President was mocked by his top advisers who exposed himself to far more extensive accusations of impropriety than those that drove the Democratic-led House of Representatives to impeach Trump last year.
The Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump in early February. Trump was accused of withholding US military aid last year to put pressure on newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to provide damaging information on Democratic political opponent Joe Biden.
"Had Democratic impeachment advocates not been so obsessed with their Ukraine blitzkrieg in 2019, had they taken the time to inquire more systematically about Trump’s behavior across his entire foreign policy, the impeachment outcome might well have been different," Bolton wrote, according to excerpts of his book published in the Wall Street Journal.
Critics of Bolton note he declined to testify before the House inquiry when his disclosures could have been critical, adhering instead to White House guidance.
Representative Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the prosecution of Republican Trump, slammed Bolton for saying at the time that "he'd sue if subpoenaed."
Biden said in a statement: "If these accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people."
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany called Bolton "A misguided hawk on foreign policy, but a weak dove of an author" and, on Twitter, quoted Bolton previously praising Trump.
INVADING VENEZUELA WOULD BE 'COOL'
In excerpts published in the Washington Post, Bolton writes that Trump said invading Venezuela would be "cool" and that it was "really part of the United States." The US government has publicly said it does not favour using force to topple Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
During a 2018 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Bolton says he got a note from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mocking Trump. "He is so full of shit," Pompeo's note said, according to a Bolton excerpt in the Washington Post.
JOURNALISTS SHOULD BE 'EXECUTED'
Although Trump is publicly critical of journalists, Bolton's book quotes the US President making some of his most alarming remarks to date. In a summer 2019 meeting in New Jersey, Trump allegedly said journalists should be jailed so they have to divulge their sources: "These people should be executed. They are scumbags,” according to another excerpt in the Post.