Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has reportedly made a raft of allegations against President Donald Trump in his forthcoming book.
Among them is that Trump tried to get Bolton to set up a meeting between his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Ukraine’s president — a claim that has been pushed by the mainstream media. But according to the Daily Caller, Trump responded by issuing a flat-out denial of the claims on Friday.
The Bolton book
Not long after John Bolton was relieved of his duties as National Security adviser, he admitted he was going to write a book.
To understand the dangers this presents, look no further than the comments made by those who were critical of his hiring in the first place. Bolton was regularly regarded — particularly by Democrats — as a warmonger throughout his confirmation process.
Bolton was also known as someone who was quite vindictive with a vengeful and bullying streak capable of running wild at times. All of that has to be taken into consideration when considering the allegations made by Bolton against Trump.
What are those allegations? The New York Times reports that, according to a manuscript from Bolton it obtained last week, “Mr. Trump told Mr. Bolton to call Volodymyr Zelensky, who had recently won election as president of Ukraine, to ensure Mr. Zelensky would meet with Mr. Giuliani, who was planning a trip to Ukraine to discuss the investigations that the president sought, in Mr. Bolton’s account. Mr. Bolton never made the call, he wrote.”
But for his part, Trump has pushed back, stating: “I never instructed John Bolton to set up a meeting for Rudy Giuliani, one of the greatest corruption fighters in America and by far the greatest mayor in the history of N.Y.C., to meet with President Zelensky. That meeting never happened.”
All about the sales
There is very little reason to believe Bolton is telling the truth about the Trump administration’s actions in regard to Ukraine.
First, after the initial phone calls took place — the ones that have led to this impeachment — Bolton told the media how cordial and appropriate the phone calls were. It was not until Bolton departed the White House that his narrative started to change.
Then, Bolton potentially broke the law by leaking his manuscript prior to getting approval for the book from the White House. The leak also appeared to be coordinated and strategically timed with pre-sale links that were published for the book ahead of its March release date.
Ironically, every Democrat who previously claimed that Bolton was untrustworthy and deceptive while he was still employed by the Trump administration is now treating Bolton as though he is the most honorable man on the planet.
The only two people who truly know if Bolton is telling the truth, though, are Trump and Bolton — and based on Bolton’s history, the needle is leaning more toward him vindictively misrepresenting events rather than accurately recounting the facts as they happened.