Washington (dpa) - After a bitter dispute with the government of US President Donald Trump, the revelation book of his former National Security Advisor John Bolton appears on Tuesday.
The government failed in court to stop the last minute release. She accuses Bolton of disclosing secret information and failing to follow the White House release route.
The book entitled "The Room Where It Happened" contains explosive reproaches against Trump. The president announced that Bolton would pay "a very high price" for the release.
Federal judge Royce Lamberth had rejected an injunction to stop the publication on Saturday. At the same time, however, he had sharply criticized Bolton. This jeopardized the United States' national security, the judge wrote. Bolton is exposed to civil and possibly criminal liability. That was not the point of the injunction, however.
In previously known passages of the book, Bolton describes Trump as a politician who places his own interests above those of the country. Among other things, the US President is said to have asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help with his re-election in November. Trump called the book a "compilation of lies and fabricated stories".
Bolton said in an interview on ABC on Sunday evening that Trump was not eligible for the office of president. "I don't think he has the competence to do the job." The 71-year-old had worked with Trump for a year and a half. Trump shot his National Security Advisor last September.
Bolton told the broadcaster that he hoped Trump would go down in history as "a tenure president who hasn't irretrievably plunged the country into a downward spiral." The conclusion from his book is clear: "I think he shouldn't be president." Bolton said he would not vote for Trump or his designated challenger Joe Biden in the November presidential election.
Bolton told ABC that Trump's political decisions were guided primarily by his re-election, not the country's welfare. Bolton found himself unable to summarize Trump's foreign policy goals. "I don't think you can do that." Bolton assumed that US national security had been weakened under Trump. «I think we are in a weaker position worldwide. I think we gave up leadership in a variety of areas. » Whoever succeeds Trump will have to do “an enormous amount of repair work”.
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