White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton on Thursday, according to The Political Insider, telling Fox & Friends that Bolton’s previous comments contradict claims in his upcoming book and declaring that he is taking over for fired FBI Director James Comey as “the most disliked man in America.”
Bolton wants to release a memoir about his time in President Donald Trump’s administration this month, and he has already published an excerpt of the book, entitled The Room Where It Happened, in the Wall Street Journal. The excerpt contains numerous negative characterizations of Trump, as well as unsubstantiated allegations.
Bolton claims that Trump was ill-informed, that his administration was chaotic, and that Trump even asked Chinese Dictator Xi Jinping for help with his re-election. Of course, this claim has already been denied by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, according to Fox News.
But according to The Political Insider, McEnany pointed out Thursday that Bolton had previously said Trump was “perfectly prepared” and that Trump “understands President Reagan’s peace through strength” mantra. These comments contradict his current comments and amount to self-debunking his current book, according to McEnany.
“A misguided hawk”
“He is a misguided hawk on foreign policy and a weak dove of an author,” McEnany said of Bolton in remarks to Fox on Thursday and again in brief comments to reporters the same day, as shown in video shared by Reuters.
Even House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has criticized Bolton for his actions and how they impacted Congress’s impeachment proceedings against the president, as The Political Insider notes.
“When Bolton was asked [to testify before the House], he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book,” Schiff tweeted Wednesday, according to Fox News. “Bolton may be an author, but he’s no patriot.”
“Discredited on both sides”
Because of comments like these, McEnany told Fox that Bolton is “discredited on both sides of the aisle.”
“If you thought [James] Comey was the most disliked man in America, I think John Bolton has now taken that title,” she said Thursday.
Of course, it’s likely that if Bolton agrees to testify in further investigations into Trump, he will quickly turn into the media and Democrats’ next darling. The media has turned on a dime over far less, and their burning need to “get” Trump has superseded just about everything else they say or do.
The good news, as McEnany alluded, is that Bolton has already contradicted himself so much that he has lost any credibility he may have had. At the end of the day, he’s just another disgruntled former employee with an ax to grind.