John Bolton Book: Trump Asked Chinese President Xi To Help Him Win Reelection, Mike Pompeo Said Trump Was ‘Full of Sh*t’
President Donald Trump’s the former national security adviser, John Bolton, has written a book, “The Room Where It Happened,” that details ignorant and unseemly behavior by Trump in the White House.
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on June 16 to block the book’s publication by alleging that it contains classified material, but Bolton’s lawyer said the book does not contain such material and already went through a review process.
The Washington Post reports that Bolton portrayed Trump as an “erratic” and “stunningly uninformed” commander in chief.
Bolton wrote that Trump was “pleading with [President Xi Jinping of China] to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome,” reports the New York Times.
Bolton also wrote that during Trump’s 2018 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, “He is so full of sh*t.”
Bolton recalled several instances in which Trump expressed wa illingness to halt criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,” involving major firms in China and Turkey.
Bolton said “the pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” and indicated that he reported his concerns to Attorney General William Barr.
Bolton claimed intelligence briefings with Trump were a waste of time “since much of the time was spent listening to Trump, rather than Trump listening to the briefers.”
The book also said that Trump told Bolton that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called then-U.S.ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley a sexist obscenity.