Bolton blasted for book, for being 'drunk on power'

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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Bolton, Pompeo, and SandersThe "tell-all" book by former Trump advisor John Bolton was released on Tuesday, but not everyone is a fan of the book and its author.

"He's a disgrace to the country," former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (pictured, right) said Monday on Fox News Channel when asked about the former national security advisor. "I think what he's doing right now is absolutely appalling."

The left-wing media celebrated over the weekend when a judge's decided not to issue an injunction against publishing the book, "The Room Where It Happened," which is highly critical of President Donald Trump. Some critics argued it was released to inflict damage to the president's re-election effort. But even the judge warned that Bolton had "gambled with national security" and was risking criminal prosecution in doing so.

According to Sanders, Bolton was a classic case of someone who was "completely drunk on power who thought he was the president."

"He was constantly pushing his own agenda, which was all he cared about," she continued. "The big problem for John Bolton is that's not how it works. He forgot that no one elected him to anything, and that it was President Trump and President Trump's agenda that mattered within the White House."

Net effect: Spat hurting the country

Sandy Rios, a talk-radio host and director of governmental affairs at American Family Association, believes Bolton and Trump had some substantive disagreements on foreign policy.

Sandy Rios"John was pretty bruised by that," Rios told American Family Radio on Tuesday. "I think he's acting out, and I think the net effect of it is that it's hurting the country – and that disappoints me above all things."

Conservative activist Gary Bauer is of the opinion that the president was right to reject Bolton's foreign policy advice – advice he describes as reckless.

"Quite frankly, John Bolton has a long record of advocating foreign policy ideas that are likely to get us into war and, in fact, got us into wars a couple of times," says the chairman of Campaign for Working Families.


"… I was quite frankly surprised that he joined the Trump administration. I think John Bolton's advice has been reckless, and I think the president did the right thing in rejecting that advice."

And Bauer points out Bolton's book has been discredited by credible people like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured above, center).

"They said We were in the room when these meetings took place that John Bolton writes about in his book – and we can say without fear of contradiction that the things John Bolton is saying in that book in fact did not happen," Bauer offers.

As for what's next for Bolton, Rios doesn't expect to see him back in the same conservative circles. "I don't think he'll be welcome in the same circles as he once was," she stated. "People understand what's at stake here, and it does seem like a huge betrayal."

In photo above, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, is flanked by former national security adviser John Bolton, left, and former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, right, as they listen during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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