Former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir is already under heavy scrutiny.
In his book, Bolton calls out the President in numerous ways, and he even accuses Donald Trump of being “unfit” for his position.
However, some are casting doubt on Bolton’s claims. This includes U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Lighthizer took issue with Bolton’s claim that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help in winning the 2020 election.
In fact, Lighthizer says the idea is completely false.
Via Fox News:
‘Absolutely untrue, never happened. I was there, I have no recollection of that ever happening. I don’t believe it’s true, I don’t believe it ever happened,’ Lighthizer said Wednesday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
In Bolton’s 592-page memoir, he claims Trump often gave “personal favors to dictators he liked.”
Furthermore, he says the President “linked trade negotiations to his own political gain.” Specifically, he supposedly asked China to buy American agricultural products, so he’d have a better shot at winning farm states.
But Lighthizer says none of it happened.
He says he was at the meeting in question and says Bolton’s statements aren’t founded on truth.
In his book, Bolton went even further, saying Trump referenced China’s economic capability and “pleaded with Xi to ensure he’d win.”
However, if Lighthizer was in attendance at the meeting, his eye-witness testimony should be considered.
The White House has taken issue with Bolton’s credibility from the start. Many wonder why Bolton didn’t reveal some of this information when he was brought to testify against Trump last year.
In conclusion, Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened” will continue to draw interest and criticism from both sides.
- Former national security adviser John Bolton claims Trump asked for China’s help in winning the 2020 election.
- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says he was at the meeting in question, and Bolton’s claim “never happened.”
- Bolton’s credibility is under fire from both the Trump administration and the GOP.
Source: Fox News