A longtime political activist says the public should take a wait-and-see attitude over reports that John Bolton takes aim at President Trump in a new book.
The president's former national security advisor claims in his forthcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid from Ukraine until it helped secure investigations into former vice president Joe Biden.
That claim – made to The New York Times by an anonymous source – dropped like a bomb over the weekend as President Trump’s legal team was defending him in front of some GOP senators who were already considering calling Bolton as a witness.
Trump and his legal team are dismissing the claim as "patently false,” and the media and political pundits were trading accusations and counter-accusations Monday over the well-timed news story from a publication that has openly warred against Trump.
The claims being made about Bolton and his book deserve scrutiny, says American Family Radio talk show Sandy Rios, who has interviewed Bolton and knows him personally.
“It doesn't sound to me like what they are reporting that is in John's book is damning,” she tells OneNewsNow. “I personally don't see it that way.”
Rios, who praises President Trump on the air often for his policies and decisions, says he had “every right” to withhold aid from Ukraine.
"Presidents do that all the time," she says.
Bolton is responding in the book to an attack on his reputation, Rios observes, and that effort by him, she insists, is much different than the Never Trumpers and the Left attacking Trump.
“John Bolton is the ultimate patriot. He loves this country. He is no leftist,” she says, “And it remains to be seen about whether he will actually align himself with the forces on the Left to take out the president. I'll believe it when I see it."
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.