WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Bolton, the former nationwide security consultant to President Donald Trump, raised concern on Monday about his unpublished book being “reduced” by the White House and suggested he should have the ability to react to the president’s tweets about him.
Former U.S. nationwide security consultant John Bolton speaks during his lecture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. February 17,2020 REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
” I hope, ultimately, I can get the book published,” Bolton told a Duke University occasion in North Carolina during his very first public remarks considering that Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. “I hope it’s not reduced.”
Asked about the president’s criticism of him on Twitter, Bolton said: “He (Trump) tweets, however I can’t speak about it. How reasonable is that?”
Bolton, 71, left his post in September after disagreements with the president. Trump said he fired him. Bolton stated he stopped.
Media outlets reported in October that Bolton, a leading foreign policy hawk, was preparing to write a book about his time in the Trump administration.
The New york city Times reported that Bolton wrote in his manuscript that Trump wished to continue freezing $391 million in security support to Ukraine until officials there assisted with investigations into Democratic competitor Joe Biden– an accusation that sustained Trump’s impeachment.
On Dec. 18, the Democratic-led Legislature approved two short articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstructing Congress associating with his actions in Ukraine. Trump denied wrongdoing and knocked the impeachment procedure as a sham.
The Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump mostly along celebration lines on Feb. 5 in only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.
Bolton had declined to work together with the Home impeachment investigation, however stated on Jan. 6 he would want to testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed to do so. Democrats sought his testimony at the trial, however the chamber voted not to call witnesses.
The White House informed Bolton in January that his book manuscript appeared to contain “significant amounts of categorized info” and could not be published in its present type.
Bolton stated throughout Monday’s occasion that the White House was still doing a pre-publication evaluation of his manuscript.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Peter Cooney