Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is out with a new book, and let’s just say it doesn’t provide a flattering take on the Trump presidency. Bolton’s tell-all memoir is, in reality, a gossip book meant to make the president look bad and to replenish Bolton’s bank account to the tune of $2 million.
The Trump administration tried to prevent the book’s release on the grounds that it contained sensitive national security information. However, over the weekend, the court disagreed and is allowing the book to be published.
The Hill reported, “A federal judge has denied a Trump administration request to block former national security adviser John Bolton‘s book from being published.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in an order released Saturday that ‘while Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy.’
The judge noted that the Justice Department’s push for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction came after the book was printed and shipped across the country ahead of its scheduled release on Tuesday.
Lamberth, who was appointed to the federal district court in Washington, D.C., by former President Reagan, seemed to suggest that he would have granted the injunction had Bolton and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, not already begun distributing the book.”
However, Bolton still may face legal repercussions for his actions. The Hill also reported that “Bolton now faces the risk of losing out on royalties from the tell-all if the Trump administration wins in court. There’s also the possibility that Trump’s former national security adviser is vulnerable to criminal charges for disclosing classified information.”
Here are a few notable so-called “revelations” that the media have seized on from the book as reported by the BBC:
- Trump wanted help from China to win re-election
In the book, Mr. Bolton describes a meeting between President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a G20 meeting in Japan last year.
The US president “stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election [in 2020], alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,” Mr. Bolton writes.
“He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.”
Agriculture is one of the major industries in the Midwest American states that helped propel Mr. Trump to victory in the 2016 election.
- Trump said China building internment camps was the ‘right thing to do’
On Wednesday President Trump authorized sanctions against Chinese officials involved in the mass incarceration, prompting an angry response from China.
But in Mr Bolton’s book, when Mr Xi defended building the camps, the US president suggested he approved of China’s actions.
“According to our interpreter,” Mr Bolton wrote, “Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.”
- Even allies ridiculed him
Mr Bolton’s book contains several examples of White House officials mocking President Trump.
He describes a dysfunctional White House, one in which meetings resembled “food fights” rather than considered efforts at policy-making.
When he arrived at the White House, the then chief of staff John Kelly warned him, “this is a bad place to work, as you will find out”.
Even Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, considered a loyalist, is said to have written a note describing the president as “full of shit”.
Look, I am not going to pretend to know if Bolton is telling the truth. He very well may be. However, he’s acting like a high school girl by gossiping about behind-the-scenes personal conversations that should never be made public. Bolton was hired to be an advisor to the president and Trump should have been guaranteed that Bolton would respect the office of the president by staying silent publicly.
He comes across as a disgruntled former employee who is taking revenge on his boss and making a few bucks while he’s at it. One of my pet peeves with the Trump administration is that there are far too many leaks coming out of the White House. If you work for the president, stop leaking every word of private conversations that the president has. Not every word that Trump utters needs to be reported to the bloodthirsty press.
If any cabinet member has a problem with Trump, then they by all means should resign, but selling out and writing a book to get back at the president just seems petty.
So, message to all cabinet members past, present, and future: don’t be a gossip girl like John Bolton.