John Bolton’s new book is full of outrageous claims about President Donald Trump — but is any of it true?
The former Trump adviser appears to be losing his credibility, as several witnesses from the administration have emerged to dispute his accusations, according to Just the News.
Witnesses attack Bolton book
Bolton’s memoir portrays Trump as an ignoramus who was motivated completely by his personal interests, with perhaps the most eye-catching assertion being that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help with his re-election bid.
Trump and his allies have attacked Bolton as a bitter opportunist and a “traitor” who is just trying to make some money and get even with Trump, as Politico notes. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even suggested that Bolton misrepresents the role he played in the Trump administration, as the adviser was often left out of meetings on suspicions of leaking, a notoriously common problem in the Trump White House.
“I haven’t read the book in its entirety, but the excerpts I’ve seen, there’s lots of falsehoods, there’s lots of lies contained there,” Pompeo told Sean Hannity, according to the New York Post.
Others, like China hawk and trade adviser Pete Navarro, agreed that the book’s title, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, is a misnomer (although it might be good marketing), and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told Congress that he was present at the meeting in which the aforementioned request was purportedly made of Xi and that Bolton’s version of events “never happened.”
“Absolutely untrue, never happened,” Lighthizer said, according to Fox. “I was there, I have no recollection of that ever happening. I don’t believe it’s true, I don’t believe it ever happened.”
“Something wrong with that dude”
But according to Fox, Bolton’s former chief of staff, Fred Fleitz, has suggested that Bolton’s depiction of Trump “disproves” Bolton’s argument that the president is unprincipled, pointing to Trump’s reluctance to escalate conflict with Iran last June — a “turning point” for Bolton, who has long aspired to overthrow the Islamic republic.
Others sketched the impression that Bolton was essentially a lunatic, with Navarro recalling how “giddy” he was for regime change in Venezuela, according to Politico.
“It was like weird, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Wait a minute. This is a serious, serious, matter and he is giddy. There’s something wrong with that dude,'” Navarro told Fox News, as The Washington Times reported.
So, according to Bolton, Trump is crazy and unprincipled, and according to the White House, it’s Bolton who is unhinged. Whom are we to believe?