As of June 17th, excerpts of former US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book “In The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” are appearing online.
There’s also an interesting video of Bolton blasting US President Donald Trump.
.@MarthaRaddatz: “How would you describe Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin?”
John Bolton: “I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle.”
Watch more from the exclusive interview this Sunday at 9|8c on ABC. pic.twitter.com/VALmx3Z0f0
— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2020
A more interesting excerpt is one regarding Venezuela. According to Bolton, US President Donald Trump claimed that it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela because the nation was “really part of the United States.”
In 2019, Trump expressed he would consider an outright quarantine or blockade of Venezuela in an effort to force a regime change and remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from his seat. Something that has been a complete failure, one year later.
As Venezuela faced an economic crash and political turmoil, Maduro has been accused of rigging the country’s presidential elections and is not recognized by the US and many other nations. The US State Department offered a $15 million reward for his arrest.
“We seek a peaceful transition to power,” Trump said in 2019. “But all options are on the table.”
But prior to the entire charade of Venezuela, back in 2018, Trump allegedly asked his aides to explain why the US couldn’t just invade the South American country. The National Security Adviser before Bolton, H.R. McMaster, and others tried to convince Trump that military action was tenuous and unpredictable.
Furthermore, according to the book, Trump kept confusing the current and former presidents of Afghanistan and asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help him reach an agreement with Iran.
Trump also apparently had quite a close relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping asking him for help to win the Presidential elections, and discussing amending the US Constitution so he could serve more than two terms.
Bolton alleged that Trump “pleaded” with Xi to buy US agricultural products to help him win reelection this year.
According to the book, President Donald Trump expressed approval of a “concentration camp” for Uighur Muslims in China during a private meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Reports regarding such “concentration camps” are frequent in MSM, and there are institutions that provide vocal training, as well as general education to individuals at risk of radicalization, but it doesn’t go anywhere near as severe as what a “concentration camp” suggests and China rejects these accusations.
Xi “explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang,” Bolton wrote, citing the interpreter’s account.
The interpreter added that “Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do,” according to the book.
Bolton also wrote in the book that Matthew Pottinger, a retired US Marine and the current deputy national security adviser, “told me that Trump said something very similar during his November 2017 trip to China.”
According to Bolton, Trump also wondered why the US was even considering sanctions against China’s treatment of the Uighur over Christmas Dinner 2018.
Just as these excerpts were being released, US President Donald Trump signed a bill specifically condemning these alleged “concentration camps.”
The book is to be released on June 23rd, and there’s a lawsuit against John Bolton not to do so.
The lawsuit against Bolton accuses him of breaking his contract by backing out of the National Security Council’s ongoing vetting process to determine whether Bolton’s book contains classified information that needs to be redacted or edited down.
The NSC “quickly identified significant quantities of classified information that it asked Defendant to remove,” the complaint said. “An iterative process between NSC Staff and Defendant then began, as required by the binding agreements he signed, with changes to the book and other information being securely passed between Defendant and NSC staff. Soon, though, Defendant apparently became dissatisfied at the pace of NSC’s review.”
It alleges that instead of waiting for the process to conclude, Bolton “decided to take matters into his own hands.”
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