John Bolton: Trump sought Xi's help with re-election

Trump Sues to Block John Bolton Book

Will the Justice Department's new lawsuit derail Bolton's book?

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton's book about his time in the Trump administration paint a damning view of the president as a "stunningly uninformed" man who was outmatched by the job he was elected to do, according to three newspapers that obtained advance copies of the book.

The lawsuit alleges that Bolton's manuscript is "rife with classified information" and alleges that Bolton backed out of a White House vetting process for the book.

In excerpts published in the Washington Post, Bolton writes that Trump said invading Venezuela would be "cool" and that it was "really part of the United States".

Bolton's publisher, Simon & Schuster, defended its client in a statement posted on Twitter, saying the lawsuit was "nothing more than the latest in a long running series of efforts by the Administration to quash publication of a book it deems unflattering to the President".

Among the most upsetting moments for the former advisor is the president's decision in June 2019 not to launch a disproportionate missile strike against Iran for downing a USA drone at the last minute after Bolton convinced him to.

As for the meeting with the Chinese president in Osaka, Japan, Bolton wrote that Trump told Xi that Democrats were hostile to China, according to the 577-page book.

In a key meeting with Xi last June, Trump "stunningly turned the conversation to the USA presidential election, alluding to China's economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he'd win", Bolton claims in his upcoming tell-all.

Bolton, according to the excerpts, claimed Trump was unaware that Britain is a nuclear power and asked whether Finland is part of Russian Federation.

Some of the book's revelations are more mundane, such as that intelligence briefings were largely a waste of time "since much of the time was spent listening to Trump, rather than Trump listening to the briefers", Bolton wrote, according to the New York Times.

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The takeaway from Bolton's book was that Trump, despite trying to convey strength, was a shallow, paranoid and indecisive leader.

"Instead, he saved it for a book", Schiff said on Twitter.

These are some of the explosive details revealed in a coming book by Mr Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton.

"(Bolton) struck a bargain with the United States as a condition of his employment in one of the most sensitive and important national security positions in the United States Government and now wants to renege on that bargain by unilaterally deciding that the prepublication review process is complete and deciding for himself whether classified information should be made public", the Trump administration wrote to the court.

Trump also allegedly called journalists that refuse to divulge their sources "scumbags" who "should be executed".

Mr Trump continually pandered to Mr Xi, Mr Bolton wrote.

These are signs, the NYT added, that the Justice Department "is not mounting a serious bid to try to block the book's imminent release".

Pompeo, Bolton described, said he was 'having a cardia in Saudi Arabia, ' as he was listening to the call while traveling in the Middle East. During a 2018 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Bolton says he got a note from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mocking Trump.

Bolton didn't spare Trump criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, even though he'd left the White House months before it began.

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