Former National Security Adviser to US President Donald Trump has released his new explosive book about the inner workings of the administration in diplomatic issues.
John Bolton makes many surprising and shocking claims in the book.
In it, Bolton claims that Trump was not a major supporter of Juan Guaidó that the US backed to topple the democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Bolton said in the book that Trump “thought Guaidó was 'weak,' as opposed to Maduro, who was 'strong'” and that “Trump was calling Guaidó the 'Beto O'Rourke of Venezuela.'" O’Rourke, who was a Democratic Presidential Candidate and is one of Trump’s biggest critics, was called a “poor bastard” who “quit like a dog” by the American president, a demonstration of just how low Trump thinks of Guaidó.
According to the former National Security Adviser in his book, Trump fully approved of the alleged concentration camps for the Turkic Uighur minority in China’s western Xinjiang province.
Most interesting however is that Bolton describes the relationship between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a "bromance."
One of the biggest revelations in the book is that Halkbank, a state-owned bank in Turkey that has been under investigation by US prosecutors since 2018 when it was accused of transferring $20 billion in Iranian oil revenue to Iran, was to be cleared of charges that it breached US sanctions against the Islamic Republic under Trump's instructions, according to Bolton.
Bolton wrote: "Trump then told Erdogan he would take care of things, explaining that the [New York] southern district prosecutors were not his people but were Obama people, a problem that would be fixed when they were replaced by his people."
He then goes onto explain that a major loophole in the sanctions against Iran is that the Islamic Republic had oil waivers with Greece, China, Taiwan, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Turkey six months after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal. Bolton then says that Greece, Taiwan and Italy stopped purchasing Iranian oil afterwards.
This was the only mention of Greece in the former National Security Advisers explosive book.