Trump asked if Finland is part of Russia. Here’s a list of countries and revelations in Bolton’s new book
- Former national security adviser John Bolton also wrote that Trump was eager to send Kim Jong-un a copy of Elton John’s song Rocket Man
- Trump’s defence of Saudi Arabia over killing of Jamal Khashoggi was to distract from Ivanka Trump’s use of personal email for government business, book claims
Here is a list countries that feature in reports about Bolton’s book about his 17 months in Trump’s administration:
Trump also told Xi that Americans wanted the two-term constitutional limit on presidents to be repealed for him, the excerpt said.
Bolton said Trump cared little about denuclearisation efforts and only saw it as “an exercise in publicity”, according to the Post.
Trump had insulted Kim by calling him “Little Rocket Man” but had since sought to convince Kim it was an affectionate term.
The main goal of the defence was to distract from news coverage of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, using her personal email for government business, the Post reported Bolton saying – something Trump had repeatedly lambasted his opponent, Hillary Clinton, for doing during the 2016 election.
“Trump then told Erdogan he would take care of things, explaining that the Southern District prosecutors were not his people, but were Obama people, a problem that would be fixed when they were replaced by his people,” Bolton wrote, according to the Post.
At one point, Bolton learned a top Trump adviser, Jared Kushner, would be calling Turkey’s finance minister because he was Erdogan’s son-in-law, referring to it as “this new ‘son-in-law channel’.”
When Bolton informed UN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the call, Pompeo was furious “because this was one more example of Kushner’s doing international negotiations he shouldn’t have been doing (along with the never quite ready Middle East peace plan),” according to the Post.
The United States has recognised Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan national assembly, as the country’s leader, a move that Trump approved.