President Donald Trump is facing another round of revelations with the publication of a tell-all book by former national security advisor John Bolton on Tuesday after Trump’s efforts to block the book release failed in a US court.
Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened”, is an account of his 17 months serving as national security advisor that paints the US president as not “fit for office”.
Reporting from Washington, DC, FRANCE 24’s Kethevane Gorjestani said the book release places Trump’s way of governing under intense scrutiny. “John Bolton is really painting a very bleak and not positive picture of the US president. He paints the president as someone who is uninformed and ignorant; he doesn’t know whether Finland is part of Russia or not,” said Gorjestani.
“He also shows a side of Donald Trump that was in question during the impeachment process that basically shows the US president, according to John Bolton, as having only one thing in mind – that he wanted to be re-elected.”
The withering portrayal also accuses Trump of explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election.
The book release follows an unsuccessful attempt by the Trump administration to block publication when US District Judge Royce Lamberth last week ruled in Bolton’s favour citing his core First Amendment right to free speech. But the judge also ruled that Bolton had “gambled with the national security of the United States” by opting out of a prepublication review process meant to prevent government officials from spilling classified secrets in memoirs they publish.