National security advisor John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump hold a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on April 9, 2018.
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President Donald Trump asked China's leader Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 US presidential election and suggested that China's increased purchase of U.S. agricultural products could give him a second term in the White House, former national security adviser John Bolton writes in his new book.
The Washington Post, which received a copy of the upcoming book, said Bolton had written that Trump "in a one-on-one meeting at the Group 20 summit in Japan in June 2019 with Xi" amazingly turned the conversation into the upcoming US presidential election Alluding to China's economic ability to influence ongoing campaigns and asks Xi to make sure he wins. "
"He emphasized the importance of farmers and increased Chinese soybean and wheat purchases in the election result. I would print Trump's exact words, but the government review process before publication decided otherwise," Bolton wrote in The Room Where It Happened: ". A memory of the White House. "
The post also reported that Bolton wrote that Trump said at one point that an invasion of Venezuela was "cool" and that this country was "really part of the United States".
In a tweet after midnight on Thursday, Trump ripped Bolton over the book.
"An angry, boring fool who just wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was outlawed and happily dumped. What an idiot!" said the president.
Trump also spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. "He is a liar," said the president of the newspaper, referring to Bolton. "Everyone in the White House hated John Bolton."
Bolton himself went to the media to defend himself and to launch further attacks against the president. In an interview with ABC News, which will be fully aired on Sunday evening, Bolton said Trump was not "suitable for the office" and lacked the "competence to do the job".
The Wall Street Journal published a long excerpt from Bolton's book on Wednesday, the day after the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit that is expected to at least temporarily block the book's publication next week. The Department of Justice filed a preliminary injunction and injunction request against Bolton late Wednesday to prevent the publication of his book, NBC News reported. In the motion, the court is asked to agree to a hearing on Friday, four days before the book is published.
In the excerpt, Bolton wrote: "Trump's talks with Xi reflected not only the inconsistency in his trade policy, but also the confluence of Trump's own political interests and the national interests of the United States."
"At the opening dinner of the G-20 meeting in Osaka in June 2019, where only interpreters were present, Xi Trump had explained why he was actually establishing concentration camps in Xinjiang. According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should continue construction Camps that Trump thought was just right. The top security official in Asia, Matthew Pottinger, told me that Trump said something very similar during his November 2017 trip to China, "the journal quoted from the book.
"Trump mixed the personal and the national not only in trade matters, but in the entire field of national security," Bolton wrote.
"It is difficult for me to identify a major Trump decision during my term in the White House that was not determined by re-election calculations."
The New York Times also reported Wednesday that Bolton's book said Trump was dealing with what "looked like a judicial disability as a way of life" by trying to "give personal favors to dictators he liked". Bolton said he had expressed concerns about Attorney General William Barr over concerns about Trump's willingness to interfere in criminal investigations into large companies in China and Turkey.
The book also reveals, according to The Times, that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Bolton once wrote a note that Trump was "so full of s —" when the president met with the leader of North Korea that Trump didn't seem to know about the The fact that Britain is a nuclear power, and once asked if Finland is part of Russia, which it is not.
The White House declined to comment on the reports on the book. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Wednesday that the book was "full of classified information," which she described as "inexcusable" and "unacceptable."
John Bolton, national security adviser, right, and Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, listen during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister, in the White House Oval Office in Washington, DC, the United States, on Thursday , June 20, 2019.
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The Justice Department sued on Tuesday to block the publication of Bolton's book, which, according to pre-order orders, was the # 1 best seller on Amazon on Wednesday morning due to pre-order orders.
The lawsuit alleges that Bolton has not yet completed a review process for authors who have had a government security review. Bolton's book is scheduled to be officially released on Tuesday.
According to the Times, Bolton expressed concern in the book that Trump had acted inappropriately by denying Ukraine military aid appropriate to Congress last summer when he urged that country's leader, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Examine Hunter Biden.
In August, the Times reported, Trump said, "he was not in favor of sending anything until all of Russia's Clinton and Biden investigative materials were handed over."
The book says that Bolton, Pompeo, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper tried to get Trump to release the aid up to ten times.
Trump was eventually indicted by the House of Representatives for his actions, but was acquitted by the Senate earlier this year after a trial.
In his book, Bolton accused the House Democrats of "impeachment" by not extending their investigation beyond the Ukraine for consideration.
He wrote that Congress should have checked Trump's willingness to distort criminal investigations against Halkbank in Turkey and ZTE in China as favors for the leaders of these countries.
MP Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat who served as impeachment manager during the Senate impeachment process, noted Wednesday that Bolton had not participated in the impeachment investigation that took place months before the series of allegations against Trump in his new book.
"John Bolton had every opportunity to speak to the House impeachment managers, the House Justice Committee, and the House Intelligence Committee while we conducted our investigation, the House vote, and then the Senate impeachment process," said Jeffries.
"It is strange to me that he now has something to say when he could have acted as a patriot, when the stakes were high and the president was in court and he ran and hid the other way."
MP Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and played a key role in Trump's impeachment, criticized Bolton for waiting to voice his complaints about the president's behavior.
"Bolton may be an author, but he's not a patriot," Schiff wrote on Twitter.
Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. Said: "Thank you, John Bolton, for being the fireman who shows up to the building that was already burned with the fire hose, and said: I am here to help."
The former presidential candidate added: "Too late, John Bolton, not really interested in what he has to say now. Time has passed and he could have saved the country by contacting him."