1. Sarah Sanders, Former Press Secretary
According to The Hill, “Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes aim at John Bolton in her upcoming memoir, claiming the former national security adviser was self-centered and “drunk on power.”
“Bolton was a classic case of a senior White House official drunk on power, who had forgotten that nobody elected him to anything,” Sanders writes in an excerpt of “Speaking for Myself” obtained by Axios and published on Monday.” Read more here
2. Chung Eui-yong, Director of National Security at Cheong Wa Dae
As stated in the Korea Times, “The office of President Moon Jae-in on Monday dismissed former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton’s major written account of summit-level consultations on North Korea last year as “distorted.”
Chung Eui-yong, director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae, said in a statement that much of it reflects what Bolton had seen from his “own viewpoint,” not “accurate facts.”
Chung also accused Bolton of unilaterally disclosing details of diplomatic consultations based on trust among relevant governments.” Read more here
3. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
As reported in the New York Post, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo zeroed in on John Bolton’s credibility in recent interviews, describing the former national security adviser as someone who was routinely shut out of White House meetings because he leaked, lied or stretched the truth about what was discussed.
“I haven’t read the book in its entirety, but the excerpts I’ve seen, there’s lots of falsehoods, there’s lot of lies contained there,” Pompeo said in an interview Monday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.” Read more here
4. Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury Secretary
Bloomberg reported that “U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected John Bolton’s assertion in a new book that he’s afraid of imposing economic sanctions on adversaries, noting that President Donald Trump has made frequent use of the tool in his foreign policy.”
“We’ve done more sanctions under President Trump in this administration than the previous administrations combined,” Mnuchin said late Monday in a Fox Business interview. “For John Bolton to say that I or the president or the Treasury Department were weak on sanctions is ridiculous.” Read more here
5. Peter Navarro, White House Trade Adviser
According to Reuters, “White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday said he was in the room with President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met, but never heard the U.S. president ask for China’s help in winning re-election.
Navarro told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the explosive allegation made in a book by former national security adviser John Bolton was “just silly” given how tough Trump had been on China and its unfair trade practices.” Read more here