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‘Simply false’: John Bolton comes to President Trump’s defense over allegations in the Atlantic that the president disparaged fallen troops

Former national security adviser John Bolton is coming to President Donald Trump’s defense over allegations that he disparaged fallen American soldiers.

What’s the background?

Left-leaning magazine the Atlantic triggered a tsunami of controversy for the president last week after publishing a story claiming Trump referred to fallen American soldiers as “losers” and “suckers.” The Atlantic’s story was based on four anonymous sources.

“The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic,” the outlet reported.

The allegations center on a canceled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery — located in Belleau in the north of France — in 2018. Belleau Wood is the location of a famous World War I battle in which American troops stopped German soldiers from advancing on Paris.

According to the Atlantic, Trump blamed the canceled visit on bad whether and the Secret Service not wanting to take a motorcade to the remote area. The magazine alleged that “neither claim was true.”

What did Bolton say?

Speaking on Fox News Monday, Bolton — who was with the president on the trip in question — said the claims about Trump as presented in the Atlantic are “simply false.”

“I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false,” Bolton said.

In fact, Bolton explained, “The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery.” Bolton’s recollection of the facts was consistent with how he told the story in his book.

In response to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin — who reported that she confirmed the Atlantic’s reporting — Bolton said Griffin’s reporting was incorrect, but said Trump routinely disparages others.

“The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump,” Bolton said.


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Last week, in an interview with the New York Times, Bolton reiterated that the Atlantic’s reporting was not true — but alleged that Trump could have made disparaging remarks about American troops when he was not present.

“I didn’t hear that,” Bolton said of the Belleau Wood allegation. “I’m not saying he didn’t say them later in the day or another time, but I was there for that discussion.”

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Richard Grenell schools CNN host who tried to corner him over John Bolton’s tell-all book

Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence, schooled CNN host Eric Burnett on Friday, explaining why the publication of John Bolton’s forthcoming White House memoir is problematic.

The Justice Department sued to stop the publication of the tell-all book this week, claiming it contained classified national security information. President Donald Trump, however, alleged the book is “full of lies.” Burnett challenged Grenell over the president’s assertion that the book is both “highly classified” and “fake.”

“So, which is it, ambassador?” Burnett asked. “It can’t be both.”

But, according to Grenell, Bolton’s book can contain allegations that are both false and classified.

“Of course, it can be both. What are you talking about? Life is not simple—” Grenell responded.

“There can be a nugget of classified information. There can be something in there that shows sources and methods. It can be talking about things that are classified but then completely gone in another direction, completely made up, completely misused,” he explained.

“Life is not so simple that it’s either/or,” Grenell continued. “You can tell a story that has a nugget of classified information that is a totally erroneous story that goes off on a tangent and gives a false impression.”

To press home his point, Grenell pointed out that “CNN reported for a very long time that Kim Jong-un was brain dead.” He explained, “The fact of the matter is that was erroneous but had a nugget of classified information in there.”

On Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that publication of Bolton’s book could move forward, but said the former national security adviser’s “unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns.”

Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” will be released on Tuesday, June 23.

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BREAKING: Judge rules against President Trump, allows John Bolton’s book to be published

A federal judge handed former national security adviser John Bolton a massive legal victory Saturday, ruling that the publication of Bolton’s forthcoming tell-all book can move forward.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to stop the book’s publication, which is slated for Tuesday, June 23. They claimed the book’s publication would jeopardize national security.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth disagreed — although he did not let Bolton completely off the hook, either.

“While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” Lamberth ruled.

Ultimately, Lamberth said that stopping the book’s publication would be impossible to enforce after Bolton’s publisher revealed that hundreds of thousands of copies had already been shipped to book retailers. “The horse, as we used to say in Texas, seems to be out of the barn,” Lamberth said ahead of a Friday hearing, Politico reported.

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Kayleigh McEnany rips into ‘discredited’ John Bolton and his ‘debunked’ book

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany excoriated John Bolton and his upcoming book during a scathing interview on Fox News on Thursday.

McEnany said that Bolton, who had served in the Trump administration as national security advisor, had discredited himself and his book.

“My reaction is that John Bolton has discredited himself,” said McEnany on “Fox and Friends.”

“He is a misguided hawk on foreign policy and a weak dove of an author. This man is someone who praised President Trump as being strong on foreign policy, not making the mistakes of previous administrations, perfectly prepared, these are all quotes from John Bolton,” she added.

“He said, ‘President Trump understands President Ronald Reagan’s peace through strength.” He’s on the record saying this,” continued McEnany.

“So, John Bolton’s book is debunked by none other than John Bolton,” McEnany concluded. “He is discredited on both sides of the aisle, and if you thought Comey was the most misliked, uh, disliked man in America, I think John Bolton has now taken that title!”

McEnany went on to defend the decision of the president to restart political campaign rallies in defiance of expert opinion warning this would lead to a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths.

The future of Bolton’s book is undecided as the White House has sued to prevent its publication. Some snippets have made their way to the media, including an accusation from Bolton that the president personally approved of Chinese concentration camps in a meeting with the Chinese President.

Here’s the video of McEnany’s comments:


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Trump signs bill condemning Chinese concentration camps after accusation in Bolton book that he privately approved of them

The Trump administration signed a bill condemning the existence of concentration camps in China on the same day as alarming accusations surfaced from the book by John Bolton, his former national security advisor.

Bolton claimed in his book that it appeared that the president personally approved of the construction of the camps in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“At the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting, with only interpreters present, Xi explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang,” Bolton wrote in the controversial book.

“According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which he thought was exactly the right thing to do,” he added.

Bolton also claims that the president sought China’s help in private in the 2020 election.

Trump signs bill

President Donald Trump signed a bill on Wednesday punishing China for the camps used to oppress a religious minority group. The Uighur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 was signed without a ceremony but the president released a statement making it clear that he believed the sanctions provision in the bill was non-binding.

Bolton left his position at the White House in September. The administration has filed a lawsuit to keep his book from being published because of their claims that Bolton did not follow a vetting agreement and would be releasing classified information.

Here’s more on the claims from Bolton’s book:


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Breaking: Justice Dept. sues to stop publication of John Bolton’s book ​​

The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit on Tuesday to stop the publication of a book written by John Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump.

Bolton’s highly anticipated but controversial book, titled, “In the Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” was scheduled to be released on June 23.

The lawsuit alleged that Bolton had breached his contract and that the book contained classified information.

“(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 prosecutors charged.

The lawsuit said that Bolton backed out of an agreement to have the 500-page manuscript reviewed by administration officials.

‘Doomed to fail’

In anticipation of the lawsuit, Bolton tweeted a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union condemning any attempt to shut down his book.

“50 years ago, [the Supreme Court] rejected the Nixon administration’s attempt to block the publication of the Pentagon Papers, establishing that government censorship is unconstitutional,” read the ACLU statement.

“Any Trump administration efforts to stop John Bolton’s book from being published are doomed to fail,” the statement added.

Bolton has taken a decidedly aggressive stance against the Trump administration after leaving it, and in the back cover of the book, he sent a message to the president over his attempts to stop the book from being published.

“My reaction,” Bolton wrote, “my response? Game on.”

Here’s more about Bolton’s upcoming book


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Zoom suspended US user for Tiananmen Square commemoration; Marco Rubio questions tech company’s ties with China

Zoom suspended a U.S.-based user after he hosted an event commemorating the anniversary of 1989’s Tiananmen Square Massacre. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has questions about the videoconferencing tech company’s relationship with China.

Zhou Fengsuo, the founder of the U.S. nonprofit Humanitarian China and a former student leader of the Tiananmen protests, hosted an event on Zoom remembering the 31st anniversary of China’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The conference was attended by more than 250 people, and over 4,000 people streamed it online, including some in China, according to Zhou.

“And on June 3, a separate Tiananmen commemoration was severed after the Zoom account that hosted it was deactivated midstream,” the Washington Post reported. “The live event that began with 200 participants suffered two disruptions that ‘practically destroyed it,’ said one of the organizers, former Tiananmen student protest leader Wang Dan, who is based in Washington.”

Fengsuo, who lives in Hayward, California, said his account was suspended on June 7. He accused Zoom of being complicit in Beijing’s censorship since the Tiananmen Square Massacre is highly censored in China.

“It seems possible Zoom acted on pressure from the CCP to shut down our account,” Humanitarian China said in a statement. “If so, Zoom is complicit in erasing the memories of the Tiananmen Massacre in collaboration with an authoritarian government.”

Zoom admitted that it had shut down the account, but had since reinstated it. Zoom provided a statement to Engadget:

“Like any global company, Zoom must comply with laws in the countries where we operate. We strive to limit actions taken to those necessary to comply with local law. Our platform is increasingly supporting complex, cross-border conversations, for which the compliance with the laws of multiple countries is very difficult. We regret that a few recent meetings with participants both inside and outside of China were negatively impacted and important conversations were disrupted. It is not in Zoom’s power to change the laws of governments opposed to free speech. However, Zoom is committed to modifying its processes to further protect its users from those who wish to stifle their communications. For example, for situations where local authorities block communications for participants within their borders, Zoom is developing additional capabilities that protect these conversations for participants outside of those borders.”

Zoom, which had 300 million daily users as of April, did not explain why the U.S.-based organization was suspended despite not violating any U.S. laws.

“We still want to know why our account was closed,” Fengsuo wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Marco Rubio, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted some questions to Zoom.

“A few ?? for ??@zoom_us? 1.What data do you routinely share with #China? 2.Do you have a CCP branch in your company? 3.Which “local laws” are you complying with? 4.How many other accounts/events affected?”

Former national security adviser John Bolton also questioned the close ties between Zoom and the Chinese government.

“It’s troubling to see @zoom_us caving to the demands of communist China,” Bolton wrote on Twitter. “Zoom disabled accounts of Chinese dissidents after using Zoom to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. We should be suspicious of any company so willing to do China’s bidding.”

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John Bolton breaks his silence: Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump was ‘grossly partisan’

Former national security adviser John Bolton broke his silence Wednesday and slammed the Democratic Party-led impeachment of President Donald Trump as a “grossly partisan” effort.

Bolton, who is the author of an upcoming book on his experience in the White House, also said that his testimony would not have changed the outcome of the Senate impeachment trial, according to the Associated Press. He made the comments at a public appearance alongside Susan Rice, his counterpart under President Barack Obama.

While the former diplomat refused to disclose any details regarding his book, he did say he believed that the House “committed impeachment malpractice.” This, the AP reported, drew “grumbling from the audience.”

Democrats alienated Republican allies

The retired official also noted that the manner in which Democrats handled the impeachment “drove Republicans who might have voted for impeachment away because it was so partisan.”

He also noted that, contrary to claims by Democrats who called upon him to testify, he does not believe that his testimony would have changed the final impeachment outcome — though he did not expect the Senate to vote against having him appear.

“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said. “I would bet you a dollar right here and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”

Rice disagreed, telling Bolton and the audience that nothing would have caused her “to refuse to share information with Congress or the public that I thought was of national import.”

“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony, with or without a subpoena,” she added. “I also can’t imagine, frankly, in the absence of being able to provide that information directly to Congress, not having exercised my First Amendment right to speak publicly at a time when my testimony or my experience would be relevant.”

‘Implied threat of criminal prosecution’

Bolton said the reason why he did not “spill his guts” regarding the president’s dealings with Ukraine is that he could have faced criminal prosecution if he had shared, even inadvertently, information that is deemed classified. When asked if he would have complied with a House subpoena, Bolton cited the White House review process that is determining whether the contents of his book can be disclosed.

“I’m not here to speculate on that with the pre-publication review process under way,” Bolton said, which drew laughter from some in the audience. “Laugh all you want. This is the judgment of my counsel, somebody I worked with 35 years ago, 30 years ago at the Department of Justice.”

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‘You’ll love chapter 14’: John Bolton hypes upcoming book while accusing White House of ‘censorship’

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton made his first public appearance since the impeachment trial of his former boss, President Donald Trump, on Monday, but he did not disclose many details during his speaking engagement at Duke University.

Instead, Bolton hyped the contents of the manuscript by insisting to the audience, “You’ll love chapter 14,” and said he hopes his memoir is not “suppressed” under the Trump administration’s “censorship.”

What are the details?

Bolton’s book, titled, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is still undergoing analysis by the Trump administration, after the former national security advisor submitted the manuscript for a standard prepublication review.

Last month, the National Security Council notified an attorney for Bolton that an initial review found the manuscript “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information” that must be removed prior to publishing or any other kind of disclosure.

“I hope it’s not suppressed,” Bolton said of his book to the crowd in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, according to Bloomberg News. “This is an effort to write history, and I did it the best I can. We’ll have to see what comes out of the censorship.”

Details from the unpublished draft of Bolton’s book were already reported by the New York Times, where the outlet claimed President Trump told Bolton “in August that [the president] wanted to continue freezing $392 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including [Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden].”

The New York Times report led Democrats to call for Bolton’s testimony during the impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate, as the president’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky prompted House Democrats to launch the probe against President Trump in the first place.

When asked on Monday whether Bolton considered President Trump’s call with Zelensky to be “perfect,” Bolton simply replied, “You’ll love chapter 14.”

Anything else?

The Department of Justice has disputed assertions made by Bolton in his book, and President Trump blasted the memoir as “nasty and untrue.”

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