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John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, details his time as US national security adviser.
He was appointed by Donald Trump himself, which is odd when you consider that POTUS always talks about hiring the best people.
As soon as those people leave his administration, they often speak about how inept the president is, and he then lashes out about how incompetent they are.
This will no doubt continue right through until election day, and then rapidly increase should Trump not win reelection, and everyone seeks to distance themselves from him.
Anyway, back to Bolton’s book, which is just another reminder of the author’s cowardice and putting profit over country, choosing not to testify in the impeachment trial of Trump in order to sell more copies of his book down the line.
One revelation, in particular, has caught the attention of many here at home. It is understood that following a lobbying trip by AfriForum, Trump believed that white South African farmers were in need of asylum.
During a briefing by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, the president raised the issue. This is from page 383 of Bolton’s book:
When Dunford tried to get more specific on what we might do and when in response to an Iranian attack, Trump said the Gulf Arabs could pay. Dunford kept trying to get Trump to focus on specific options along a graduated ladder of possible responses, but somehow, we veered off to South Africa and what Trump was hearing about the treatment of white farmers, asserting he wanted to grant them asylum and citizenship. The discussion on targets then resumed, much of it to my satisfaction.
Whilst there are many fake tweets attributed to Trump with regards to South African farmers, this one is real:
Those who often sat in on this briefings would regularly talk about the president’s inability to focus on matters at hand, and his fondness for taking the advice of friends over those of his intelligence agencies and generals.
If you’re unfamiliar with the contents of Bolton’s book, VICE has picked 16 ‘Batshit Crazy Moments’ for your perusal, and to save you buying the book and lining the pockets of the profiteer.
Here are some standouts:
Trump asked China to help him win the 2020 election.
Trump told China’s leader that concentration camps are a good idea.
Trump asked [former chief of staff, John] Kelly if Finland is part of Russia.
Trump said invading Venezuela would be “cool.”
Trump asked Attorney General Bill Barr to put journalists “in jail.”
You can read more on each of those, and the other 11 batshit crazy moments, here.
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