As the White House struggles to block the publication of the latest book about life in the Trump administration, most of the cats are already out of the bag of former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
His work - The Room Where It Happened - portrays a president ignorant of basic geopolitical facts and whose decisions were frequently driven by a desire for re-election reports the BBC.
Trump critics have asked why Mr Bolton did not speak up during impeachment hearings, while the president himself has called his former top adviser "incompetent" and a "boring old fool".
Some of the eye-raising items highlighted by the BBC are:
Trump wanted help from China to win re-election - Bolton describes a meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a G20 meeting in Japan last year. The US president "stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election [in 2020], alluding to China's economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he'd win," Bolton writes.
"He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome."
Building internment camps was the 'right thing to do' - China's treatment of the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities has brought international condemnation, with about a million people thought to have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang region. In Bolton's book, when Xi defended building the camps the US president suggested he approved of China's actions.
"According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do."
'Personal favors to dictators' – “Trump was willing to intervene in criminal investigations "to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked and offered help to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018 in a US investigation into a Turkish company over potential violations of Iranian sanctions. Trump agreed to "take care of things" and that the prosecutors involved were "Obama people".
The Democrats should have gone further with impeachment - Bolton backs up Democrats' allegations that President Trump wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine to pressure it into investigating his rival Joe Biden, a claim which sparked their impeachment efforts against him. He criticizes the Democrats, saying they committed "impeachment malpractice" by just focusing on Ukraine. He argues that if they had broadened the investigation more Americans would have been persuaded that President Trump had committed the "high crimes and misdemeanors" necessary to be removed from office.
Bolton declined to testify in the process when it was in the House of Representatives late last year
Trump suggested he wanted to serve more than two terms - Trump told China's leader that Americans were keen for him to make the constitutional changes needed for him to serve more than two terms. "Xi said the US had too many elections, because he didn't want to switch away from Trump, who nodded approvingly."
Trump didn't know the UK was nuclear power - Britain was the third country after the US and the Soviet Union to test an atomic device, in 1952. But that the UK is part of the club of nuclear-armed states appears to have been news to Trump. One extract told of a 2018 meeting with then UK Prime Minister Theresa May in which an official referred to Britain as a nuclear power. Trump is said to have replied: "Oh, are you a nuclear power?" The remark, Bolton said, "was not intended as a joke".
Finland part of Russia - Bolton says there were other gaps in President Trump's knowledge. Before a meeting with Russian President Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki, he is said to have asked if Finland was "kind of a satellite of Russia".
According to Bolton, intelligence briefings were not "terribly useful" since during most of them "he spoke at greater length than the briefers, often on matters completely unrelated to the subjects at hand".
Invading Venezuela 'cool' - In discussions on Venezuela, Trump said it would be "cool" to invade Venezuela, and that the South American nation was "really part of the United States".
The Putin fiddle - In an interview with ABC News to be broadcast in full this Sunday, Bolton says "I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle."
Ridiculed by allies- The book contains several examples of White House officials mocking Trump. Bolton describes a dysfunctional White House, one in which meetings resembled "food fights" rather than considered efforts at policy-making.
When he arrived at the White House, the then chief of staff John Kelly warned him, "this is a bad place to work, as you will find out".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, considered a loyalist, is said to have written a note describing Trump as "full of shit"
Wow the Cortizo Regime learned by Russia. Lots of pro Dictator Trolls here. None of the Panamanians like Cortizo "Wolfmanmike" are you the Captain. Your IQ is severe less.
Having read another one of jbb's nonsensical diatribes, I need now to again remind him to please take "the best president ever's" advice and take his clorox medication. Reality continues to elude you trump lunatics!! Yes...lunatics!! And one day I hope for your sakes that you realize how badly you have been fooled by the orange dotard. No worries though...you have lots of company. Just watch tmrw when your fellow magas all get together, bellowing with anger as you support the most imcompitent president in the history of america. The country is changing right before his eyes but he is too blind to see it. Instead he plays to the base of ignorant fools like you who believe that every one of his maniacal gestures and nonsensical word salads are deep and secret signals that only they are priviledged enough to understand. Maybe right....stupid understands stupid. November will soon come. But my thought is that he knows he CANNOT afford to lose, so he will show his real intent and, with protests, umemployment, the resurgent virus and a completely out of its depth white house, shortly before the election he will try to, or declare martial law and postpone or outright try to cancel the election. One of his most prominent lawyers has already floated the idea!! 45 is a neo-facist wannabe dictator. Watch this space for updates!!! Sad fools all.
i did not even read this is written by another left wing libtard and idiots commenting on it have there head so far up ther arse they cant see the good done by the greatest president this country has ever had ,, tired of the article written here all negative and here they want to listen to a traitor that has been kicked out of every job he ever had ,, i come here to read news concerning our country not the rants .. as far as latinos he just trys to protect true americans from the scum trying to gain acces to benefits of our great country econimics they had do hand in contributing to ,, bat is an idiot and would love to meet him in person ..
Trump is a Dictator stopped by the US Constitution. He is a Latino hater so dear Latinos note this. Cortizo is a Dictator not stopped by any laws. He is also a Latino hater and he is a pathological self hater. He will ends up in jail like every Dictator or will die by refusing to leave his office. Result : There is no reason to live in Panama anymore but there is one in the US. The Dumb Latino hater will be removed after 4 years and will go directly in jail. People have enough of him. Cortizo must be removed outside of laws votes elections. He refused to go. Resume: Don't be a Dictator you probably pay with your life.
Looks like the dyed hair, fake tan, racist gangster is on the way out! Americans should hide in shame that this lunatic was their leader for one day. The Germans never stopped their version of this scum and look what happened......finally the resistance has won...Antifa.....peaceful freedom fighters
You anti-Trumpers are all the same. All you want to do is insult people and make excuses for your ignorance. Observer is the only laughing stock I see here. Time will tell. I wont be back to this lame-o, left wing website. You know what they say about arguing with a stupid person.
All i've got to say is Bolton was blocked from testifying in the Trump impeachment trial, now they are going to the highest court in the land to block the release of his book. If there was no truth to what Bolton is saying, why even worry about him? Trump treated the wrong guy like shit, now he is going to expose Trump for what he really is. And ya'll actually want this guy back in the Whitehouse?
John, you obviously haven't read carefully, which makes you a typical Trump follower. The 'INTERPRETER" was there because Trump doesn't speak Chinse. His rambling public discourses are hard to follow and laden with self-praising superlatives leading to the blind leading the blind.. America now the laughing stock of the world, deserves better
Anything to make a good president look bad. Bolton's claims come via an anonymous interpreter, shared third hand by Bolton in which it’s said that Xi “basically” described concentration camps. There’s so much being assumed here that it’s almost not worth entertaining. Who’s the interpreter? Why was this never mentioned by any of Bolton’s staff in their public testimonies? Something like this would have been noteworthy to everyone, right? And what does “basically” mean? That sounds an awful like a word a person uses when something didn’t actually clearly happen but they want to cover their own tail. I mean, “basically” leaves no room for misrepresentation and misinterpretation, right? Where’s the notes from this event? Why not just say what was clearly said instead of “basically?” But even if we look past all those questions, does anyone seriously believe that a famed denialist and cunning dictator like Xi Jinping would actually tell Trump in the middle of trade negotiations that he’s building concentration camps? This is a guy who can’t admit the sky is blue, but he’s going to hand the United States that kind of leverage? Even if you are jaded enough to believe that Trump would say such camps are acceptable, no one of sound mind can honestly believe Xi would be dumb enough admit to such a thing. None of this makes any sense.
Brown's political acuity won't get him through first grade. If he puts his money where his mouth is, he won't have the airfare to flee the country he hates so much. the appointment of Bolton was hailed by the extreme right, but now et tu brute
Bolton who has to high an impression of himself didn't see himself as an advisor but as President. The white House should be how President Trump wants it not as how some advisor who desperately wants to profit from his book thinks it should be. Trump is going to win in a landslide as normal people are sick of the leftists and their policies that destroy everything they touch. Just look no further than the heavy handed crack down here in Panama by the new leftist administration to see the kind of hardship leftists inflict on all.