Trump at­tacks Bolton as ‘sick puppy’ for al­le­ga­tions in book

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD - BY CHRIS SOMMERFELD­T New York Daily News

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump blasted John Bolton on Thurs­day as a “sick puppy” who ru­ined his re­la­tion­ship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials re­mained on edge over the for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser’s blis­ter­ing new book about his time in the White House.

Trump launched the broad­side against Bolton in ear­ly­morn­ing tweets as Bolton’s soon-to-be-re­leased book, “The Room Where It Hap­pened” con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the head­lines.

“Bolton’s book, which is get­ting ter­ri­ble re­views, is a com­pi­la­tion of lies and made up sto­ries, all in­tended to make me look bad,” Trump posted. “Many of the ridicu­lous state­ments he at­tributes to me were never made, pure fic­tion. Just try­ing to get even for fir­ing him like the sick puppy he is!”

It’s un­clear what re­views Trump was re­fer­ring to.

More­over, Trump’s own Jus­tice Depart­ment was in court try­ing to block Bolton’s book from be­ing pub­lished over al­le­ga­tions that it’s jam-packed with classified in­for­ma­tion, be­ly­ing the pres­i­dent as­ser­tion that it only con­sists of “lies.”

The two sides are set to face off Friday in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Wash­ing­ton.

In fur­ther tweets Thurs­day, Trump cited one of his longheld griev­ances about Bolton in­volv­ing North Korea, lament­ing that he didn’t fire his top se­cu­rity ad­viser sooner.

“When Wacko John Bolton went on De­face the Na­tion and so stupidly said that he looked at the ‘Libyan Model’ for North Korea, all hell broke out. Kim Jong Un, who we were get­ting along with very well, went ‘bal­lis­tic,’ just like his mis­siles — and right­fully so. He didn’t want Bolton any­where near him,”

Trump wrote.

The pres­i­dent con­tin­ued: “Bolton’s dumb­est of all state­ments set us back very badly with North Korea, even now. I asked him, ‘what the hell were you think­ing?’ He had no answer and just apol­o­gized. That was early on, I should have fired him right then & there!”

Bolton did not re­turn a re­quest for com­ment. His book is set to hit book­stores on June 23.

Among other claims, Bolton al­leges that Trump pleaded with China to in­ter­fere in the 2020 elec­tion to help him win. The book also charges that Trump rou­tinely tried to give “per­sonal fa­vors to dictators he liked” by derail­ing Jus­tice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions into com­pa­nies in their coun­tries. Among those dictators were China’s Xi Jin­ping and Turkey’s Re­cep Tayyip Erdogan, ac­cord­ing to Bolton.

Bolton, who re­signed in Septem­ber 2019, writes that House Democrats should have ex­panded their im­peach­ment scope be­yond Trump’s Ukraine scan­dal to in­clude what he de­scribed as his du­bi­ous schemes with China and Turkey, con­tend­ing that Se­nate Repub­li­cans might not have ac­quit­ted the pres­i­dent if they did so. How­ever, he re­fused to tes­tify in the House im­peach­ment in­quiry de­spite a sub­poena, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion he’s just in­ter­ested in book sales.


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