Risk trades dip after John Bolton's book on Trump leaks

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AP Former national security adviser John Bolton gestures while speakings at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington

Trump's announcement came just as excerpts emerged from an explosive new book by his former national security advisor John Bolton, who said the president told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he approved of the vast detention camps.

The Trump administration is undergoing a legal battle with Bolton over the release of the book, alleging that the book contains classified information.

Bolton, the publisher said in a statement, "argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump's Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy - and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and attempts by him and others in the Administration to raise alarms about them".

However, assuming the book is released as scheduled, as now appears likely, the Justice Department may continue to go after Bolton's proceeds as part of this case.

As we discussed yesterday, the far-right hawk wrote a book, which according to his publisher, will pull back the curtain on a chaotic White House, led by a reckless president who's guilty of wrongdoing the public doesn't yet know about.

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I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn't driven by reelection calculations.

The former adviser names a litany of shocking statements made by Trump, from quipping it would be "cool" if the U.S. invaded Venezuela and that he believed it was "really part of the United States", to mixing up former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the present leader, Ashraf Ghani, and ranting about the 1941 Battle of Pearl Harbor during trade negotiations with Japanese officials.

"At the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting in June 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang", Bolton wrote. According to excerpts leaked by the Wall Street Journal.

It comes after Trump told reporters Monday that Bolton will have broken the law, and will face a "very strong criminal problem" if the book is published.

"I truly hope Trump throws Bolton in some kind of hellish, off the books dungeon for his treason", tweeted Will Menaker, cohost of the Chapo Trap House podcast.

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Bolton, who served as national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, worked with the White House for months to vet the manuscript for national security concerns, Cooper said.

Bolton writes that Trump stressed the importance of America's farmers and how "increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat" could impact the United States electoral outcome. "They are scumbags, ' Trump said".

Mr Bolton writes that ahead of the big North Korea summit, Mr Trump insisted on giving Kim gifts that violated United States sanctions on the country. Bolton said that while he was at the White House, Trump typically had only two intelligence briefings a week "and in most of those, he spoke at greater length than the briefers, often on matters completely unrelated to the subjects at hand". "Bolton may be an author, but he's no patriot".

"The thing about John Bolton's shock at Trump's ignorance and incompetence is that it takes a fair amount of brain poisoning in the first place to look at Trump and think he might be anything other than ignorant and incompetent", Bouie said.

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