The book, titled The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir, is set for publication next week.
Former national security adviser John Bolton has written a new “tell-all” memoir about his time working in the Trump administration, and it includes some serious claims about the president.
The book, titled The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir, is set for publication next week, but passages have already leaked. A number of media outlets have gotten their hands on copies, which the publisher has blamed on the White House.
Here are the seven most explosive claims found in the book.
1. Trump wanted Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him get re-elected.
Apparently not content with having Russia and Ukraine interfere with our elections on his behalf, Trump also hoped to have Chinese President Xi Jinping do his best to see Trump get reelected in November.
According to Bolton’s book, the president told Xi during a summit dinner last year that increasing agricultural purchases from the U.S. would help his electoral prospects.
“I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise,” writes Bolton.
2. In fact, Trump’s actions in the White House were wholly motivated by his desire to get re-elected.
“I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by re-election calculations,” Bolton wrote, according to a copy obtained by the Associated Press.
The book alleges that Trump directly tied providing military aid to Ukraine to the country’s willingness to conduct investigations into his Democratic challenger Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. In one conversation, Trump said “he wasn’t in favor of sending them anything until all the Russia-investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over,” Bolton writes.
Bolton infamously refused to testify before Congress about any of this during the impeachment investigation.
3. Trump encouraged Xi in his building of a concentration camp for Muslims.
Not only did Trump try to get Xi to make political decisions in order to favor his own political aims, he also allegedly expressed his support of the Chinese president building concentration camps for Uighur Muslims in China.
According to the book, the two men met during a private meeting at the 2019 G20 meeting in Japan, with only their interpreters present. Bolton said the interpreter told him Xi explained why he was building the camp, and Trump told Xi he should go ahead with the plan, saying he thought it was “exactly the right thing to do.”
On Wednesday, Trump signed a law calling for sanctions to punish Chinese officials for treatment of Uighur Muslims in the country, prompting a swift backlash from China.
4. Trump wanted to offer favors to dictators.
Trump has often seemed more at ease with dictators than Democratically elected leaders. Bolton’s book outlines multiple occasions where he offered to aid dictators, and suggests he thinks he should get to be one too.
According to Bolton’s account, Trump, on more than one occasion, expressed a desire to “give personal favors to dictators he liked” by offering to kill ongoing federal criminal investigations in the U.S. into foreign companies based out of both China and Turkey.
He even reportedly went so far as to tell Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan he would “take care” of a criminal investigation into a Turkish company and said “that the [New York] Southern District prosecutors were not his people, but were Obama people, a problem that would be fixed when they were replaced by his people.”
Trump also reportedly told Xi that Americans want him to change the Constitution so he can be president for more than two terms.
Bolton also describes Pompeo saying a call between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in—prior to Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—felt like “having a cardiac arrest.” Bolton also claims Pompeo handed him a note calling Trump “full of shit.”
5. Trump knows even less about foreign policy than you might have thought.
Trump reportedly asked then-Prime Minister Theresa May if the United Kingdom was a nuclear power. He also apparently had to ask aides if Finland was part of Russia.
6. Trump said it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela.
According to Bolton, Trump said it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela, adding that in his mind the country was “really part of the United States.” He went so far as asking aides to explain why the U.S. invading the sovereign nation was a bad idea.
7. Trump said all journalists are “scumbags” who should be “executed.”
Anyone who has paid attention to the current president knows he has no love for the press, routinely calling anything that casts him in a less than glowing light “fake news.” Turns out, his hatred apparently runs even deeper than most are aware.
According to Bolton’s book, Trump said during a meeting in New Jersey last year that journalists should be jailed and forced to give up their sources, before calling them “scumbags” who should be “executed.”
Bolton’s book is set to be released on June 23, but on Tuesday the Trump administration sued in an attempt to prevent its publication. Legal experts say it’s doubtful those attempts will be successful.