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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pulls back the curtain on John Bolton in a forthcoming book in which she says he was “drunk on power.”
Sanders teased her soon to be released book, “Speaking for Myself,” which she said included a “behind the scenes account of John Bolton, a man drunk on power who ultimately betrayed America when he didn’t get his way.”
Sanders took to Twitter to note the excerpts from her book as she condemns Bolton for his tell-all, “The Room Where It Happened,” which is out on Tuesday.
Read a few excerpts from my soon to be released book “Speaking for Myself,” including a behind the scenes account of John Bolton, a man drunk on power who ultimately betrayed America when he didn’t get his way. https://t.co/nADrFC7HJk
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) June 22, 2020
“Bolton was a classic case of a senior White House official drunk on power, who had forgotten that nobody elected him to anything,” Sanders wrote about President Trump’s state visit to London in 2019, in an excerpt from her book shared by Axios.
In recounting the trip, the former West Wing official recalled how Trump’s former national security adviser would not wait for the rest of the staff and traveled separately to the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London.
“Bolton apparently felt too important to travel with the rest of us,” Sanders wrote.
“As we were ready to depart for the Winfield House,” she noted, “we loaded onto a small black bus.”
“We waited and watched as Bolton sped by and left us in the dust. The discussion on the bus quickly moved … to how arrogant and selfish Bolton could be, not just in this moment but on a regular basis,” Sanders wrote. “If anyone on the team should have merited a motorcade it was [Treasury Secretary] Mnuchin, but he was a team player and didn’t seem to mind traveling with the rest of us.”
The daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also noted that Bolton often “acted like he was the president, pushing an agenda contrary to President Trump’s.”
“When we finally arrived at the Winfield House, [chief of staff] Mick Mulvaney, typically laid-back and not one to get caught up in titles or seniority, confronted Bolton and unleashed a full Irish explosion on him,” she recounted.
“Let’s face it, John,” Mulvaney said, according to the excerpt from Sanders. “You’re a f—— self-righteous, self-centered son of a b——!'”
“That epithet … was the culmination of months of Bolton thinking he was more important and could play by a different set of rules than the rest of the team,” the excerpt continued. “Bolton backed down and stormed off.”
Sarah Tinsley, Bolton’s senior adviser, told Axios that Bolton did not arrange the transportation:
All logistical arrangements for travel of this sort were handled by the Secret Service, without any input from Ambassador Bolton. It is impossible to believe that his assigned Secret Service agents acted other than in a completely professional manner, fully coordinated with the Secret Service details assigned to Messrs. Mnuchin and Mulvaney.
Bolton has come under fire from all sides for the tell-all memoir about his time in the Trump administration, as he has been slammed for not coming forward with his allegations, especially during the House impeachment inquiry of the president, but waiting to publish them with a book deal reportedly worth $2 million.
Bolton told ABC News this weekend that he hoped history would remember Trump as “a one-term president” and contended that the Trump administration poses a “danger for the republic,” declaring he would not be voting for Trump – or even Joe Biden – in November.
John Bolton kicks off revenge tour with ABC, then says he’s not voting for Biden … as if that matters https://t.co/FB70gAsdUN
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 22, 2020
Trump’s former deputy national security advisor, K.T. McFarland, revealed in an op-ed that she had “doubts” about Bolton in the administration and recalling a 2016 incident in which he acknowledged he had voted for Trump but added, “He’s an idiot, but anybody is better than Hillary Clinton.”
“Bolton was so convinced of his superior intelligence that he was condescending to everyone, including the president,” McFarland noted of Bolton’s time as national security adviser before being ousted in September 2019. “He was increasingly isolated within the West Wing; cabinet officers ignored him and went behind his back directly to the president.”
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