List: Top 6 claims in John Bolton's new book, and counterclaims

Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton's new book outlines what he experienced in Trump's White House

Last Updated:
June 18, 2020 - 7:44pm

Former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton has written a tell-all book titled “The Room Where it Happened" that outlines his time in Trump’s White House.

Bolton makes several claims, including criticizing Trump ability to carry out the job of the president, as well as how he handled U.S. relations with China, Russia, and North Korea.

Here are the top six claims -- and counterclaims -- to Bolton’s book that conflict with previous statements Bolton made or policy actions the Trump administration has taken.

1.Book Claim: Bolton told ABC news that he doesn’t think Trump is fit to be president. 
Counterclaim: As National Security Adviser, Bolton praised Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Bolton also praised Trump’s July 25, 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

2. Book Claim: Bolton claims that Trump encouraged China’s President Xi Jinping to “build the camps” in reference to the Chinese concentration camps built to hold the Uighurs, an ethnic minority in China. 
Counterclaim: On Wednesday, Trump signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims.

3. Book Claim: Bolton claims Putin “thinks he can play [Trump] like a fiddle.
Counterclaim: As National Security Adviser, Bolton said in an interview, “The President gets criticized for being soft on Russia. I’m still waiting to see evidence of that.”

4. Book claim: Bolton said that Trump cared little about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal when he met with Kim Jong Un and said a historic meeting was "an exercise in publicity." 
Counterclaim:  As National Security Adviser, Bolton in 2018 was positive about Trump’s negotiations with Kim, saying he was “optimistic but realistic” that denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be nonnegotiable.

5. Book claim: Bolton told ABC News that Trump is unable to look at the bigger picture, or consider long-term strategies that benefit the U.S. 
Counterclaim: In 2018, Bolton said of the president:  “I think the President believes in Ronald Reagan’s approach of peace through strength. I think that’s what he’s carrying out.”

6. Book claim: Bolton said that Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help him win the 2020 US presidential election.
Counterclaim: In 2018, Bolton talked approvingly of Trump’s handling of China, saying “They’ve [Beijing] never seen an American president this tough before.”

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