WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former high White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump’s habits in workplace and dealings with international leaders confirmed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
“I don’t think he’s fit for office,” Bolton advised ABC News in an interview aired on Thursday.
“There really isn’t any guiding principle that I was able to discern other than what’s good for Donald Trump’s re-election.”
In a brand new e-book, the previous nationwide safety adviser accused Trump of sweeping misdeeds together with explicitly looking for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win a second time period within the Nov. three presidential election.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised a information briefing on Thursday she is consulting along with her fellow Democrats on whether or not to subpoena Bolton in regards to the allegations within the e-book, “The Room Where It Happened,” and echoed Bolton’s criticism.
“President Trump is clearly ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be the president of the United States,” Pelosi mentioned, including: “That doesn’t seem to matter to the Republicans in the United States Senate.”
Bolton refused to testify within the House’s impeachment probe final 12 months and threatened to sue if subpoenaed. He provided to testify within the subsequent trial within the Senate however the Republican-controlled chamber didn’t take him up on the supply.
Democrats have been indignant that Bolton saved his revelations for a e-book, relatively than take part within the probe.
The Republican president rejected the e-book as a “compilation of lies” and known as his former adviser a “sick puppy” who was attempting to avenge his firing.
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday sued to dam Bolton from publishing the e-book.
Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who led the impeachment inquiry late final 12 months, sharply criticized Bolton as unpatriotic for withholding the data.
“We will continue to hold Trump accountable, and work to expose his abuses and corruption,” Schiff mentioned in an announcement.
The new allegations, Schiff mentioned, are “further proof” that Trump’s actions in Ukraine are a part of a sample of abusing his energy and the U.S. authorities for private political achieve.
The allegations embrace much more intensive accusations of impropriety than people who drove Trump’s impeachment, nevertheless.
In his memoir, Bolton, who left the White House in September, mentioned Trump expressed a willingness to halt felony investigations to favor dictators he favored.
He cited a number of conversations by which Trump demonstrated habits “that eroded the very legitimacy of the presidency.”
Bolton additionally wrote that Trump mentioned invading Venezuela can be “cool” even because the U.S. authorities has mentioned it doesn’t favor utilizing power to topple Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer mentioned Bolton’s revelations clarify the president’s puzzling efficiency on China points, together with his preliminary reward for Beijing’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and silence on alleged human rights abuses.
“President Trump cannot be trusted to deal with China policy any longer,” Schumer mentioned on the Senate ground.
According to Bolton, Trump advised China’s Xi in June 2019 to go forward and construct camps for its principally Muslim Uighur minority and different Muslim teams regardless of his administration’s criticism of China’s mass detention.
White House commerce adviser Peter Navarro disputed Bolton’s account of Trump’s dialog with Xi.
“I didn’t hear that at all,” Navarro advised reporters on the White House on Thursday. “Bolton’s depiction of that event is not how I would describe it. That’s an alternate universe.”
Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Richard Cowan, Susan Heavey and David Morgan; Writing by Sonya Hepinstall; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis