Perhaps no one is less looking forward to the release of former national security advisor John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, on June 23 than President Trump, but early readings say that Bolton may have given Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a few things to dread, as well.
During Mr. Trump’s 2018 meeting with North Korea’s leader, according to the book, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Mr. Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, “He is so full of shit.” https://t.co/uEAbLRb15z
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 17, 2020
Just as his predecessor, Rest Tillerson, Pompeo is rumored to think Trump seriously misinformed and a liar. During one briefing after Trump’s infamous summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Bolton reports that Trump “did not seem to know that Britain is a nuclear power and asked if Finland is part of Russia.”
According to The New York Times:
‘In the face of such behavior, even top advisers who position themselves as unswervingly loyal mock Mr. Trump behind his back. During the president’s 2018 meeting with North Korea’s leader, according to the book, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Mr. Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, “He is so full of shit.” A month later, Mr. Bolton writes, Mr. Pompeo dismissed the president’s North Korea diplomacy, declaring that there was “zero probability of success.”’
Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton's book. Pompeo, Kelley, Bolton, Scaramucci, etc. so many of trumps past cabinet members or close allies end up telling the truth about how dump, incompetent and unpatriotic a con man he is. #TrumpIsANationalDisgrace https://t.co/VJZsaJrO9p
— Realber (@junebert6) June 18, 2020
Pompeo is not the only Trump administration figure who is reported to have raised concerns out of the earshot of the president, particularly around the issue for which Trump was impeached, the extortion of Ukraine by withholding congressionally approved aid in exchange for the announcement of an investigation, no matter how true the charges, against Trump’s 2020 rival, Joe Biden. Bolton say that Trump repeated similar actions against at least one other country, and that Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cippolone were critical of Trump’s actions, as well.
‘Mr. Bolton writes that he raised concerns about both cases with Mr. Barr, who shared them. “Barr said he was very worried about the appearances Trump was creating,” Mr. Bolton writes. Similarly, he recalls, Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, “was plainly stunned at Trump’s approach to law enforcement, or lack thereof.”’
Bolton Book Accuses Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo, Former Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney Of Orchestrating White House Leaks https://t.co/ZYaeFwvsHn
Better check Bolton's Bank records. Turncoat
— TIMOTHY A TREFRY (@furnguy_com) June 18, 2020
Trump, of course, has denied all of Bolton’s allegations, calling him “a liar” and saying that he’s only looking for money and attention. On Wednesday evening, Trump went further in his criticism of Bolton in an interview on Fox News.
‘Calling in to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump did not address the content of Mr. Bolton’s book and only attacked him as “a washed-up guy” who “broke the law” by preparing to publish a book that the president claimed had classified information, an assertion Mr. Bolton has denied. As for Mr. Pompeo, the State Department had no comment.’
“He is a liar,” Trump told @WSJPolitics of John Bolton, denying claims of strains in his relationship with Pompeo and that he gave his blessing to Xi Jinping to build detention camps for the Uighur Muslim population https://t.co/iRi7EBefTh @MichaelCBender
— Emily Stephenson (@ewstephe) June 18, 2020
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