John Bolton: Trump sought Xi’s help to win re-election2 min read

-Azra Rizvi

Former national security advisor John Bolton says that the President of the United States had expressed a willingness to halt criminal probe to give “personal favours to dictators he liked.”

On Wednesday, John Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” was published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and, The Washington Post. In his book, Mr. Bolton describes instances when the president tried to halt criminal inquiries “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked.”

Mr. Bolton has also accused the US President of explicitly linking tariff talks with China to his political advantage by asking President Xi Jinping to buy American agricultural products to help him win in farm states in this year’s election.

Mr. Bolton’s book has already gained a lot of popularity and is already a No. 1 best seller on even before reaching the bookstores. However, Mr. Trump’s critics have complained that Mr. Bolton should have come forward during the President’s impeachment proceedings rather than save his account for a $2 million book contract.

In his new book, Mr. Bolton writes that Mr. Trump “remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House.”

Former Vice President and Mr. Trump’s Democratic challenger in this November’s election Joe Biden has said that if these accounts are true, it’s not only “morally repugnant,” but also a “violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people.

Mr. Trump told Fox News: “He broke the law. This is highly classified information and he did not have approval.” Mr. President also added that Mr. Bolton is “a washed-up guy,” and that he “gave him a chance.”
The Trump administration has tried to block the book from being published. However, Mr. Bolton has denied that the book contains classified information.

John Bolton had joined the White House in April 2018 and left in September 2019, saying he had decided to quit as a national security adviser. However, President Trump, said he had fired Mr. Bolton as he “strongly” disagreed with him.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice sought an emergency order from a judge to halt the book’s release. The publishers of the book, Simon & Schuster said that Wednesday’s filing by the government was a frivolous and politically motivated exercise in futility.

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