Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton's book

Hours before Trump signed the bill, former National Security Adviser John Bolton released excerpts from a forthcoming memoir to the press, claiming that Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping past year that building the camps was "exactly the right thing to do." .

Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under another GOP president, George W Bush, told Fox News on Wednesday he doubts Mr Trump's legal claims about his authorities and allegations about the book will hold up in the court system.

"I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn't driven by reelection calculations, " Bolton writes, according a description released Friday by Simon & Schuster.

The colorful excerpts come a day after the Department of Justice filed a complaint in federal court over Bolton's book.

Deeply critical of the president and much of his senior team, Bolton wrote that because staff had served him so poorly, Trump "saw conspiracies behind rocks, and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government".

Among the most upsetting moments for the former advisor is the president's decision in June 2019 not to launch a disproportionate missile strike against Iran for downing a USA drone at the last minute after Bolton convinced him to.

The widely anticipated book is set to make explosive claims about the Trump White House, including that the president has committed "Ukraine-like transgressions" across his entire foreign policy.

He also describes multiple episodes of behaviour by Trump, including his intervention in cases involving major firms in China and Turkey, in which he appeared "to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked", according to the excerpts.

Some of the book's revelations are more mundane, such as that intelligence briefings were largely a waste of time "since much of the time was spent listening to Trump, rather than Trump listening to the briefers", Bolton wrote, according to the New York Times.

"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.

Mr Bolton writes that ahead of the big North Korea summit, Mr Trump insisted on giving Kim gifts that violated U.S. sanctions on the country.

Federal prosecutors are now discussing whether to charge former national security advisor John Bolton with unlawfully disclosing classified information in his new memoir about his time serving President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

"He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome", said Bolton in the most in-depth, damaging portrayal by a Trump administration insider to date and just days after former defence secretary Jim Mattis accused the president of trying to divide America. "They are scumbags, ' Trump said".

These are signs, the NYT added, that the Justice Department "is not mounting a serious bid to try to block the book's imminent release". Cooper has said Bolton worked for months with classification specialists to avoid releasing classified material.

"At the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting, with only interpreters present, Xi explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang", Bolton wrote.

After the summit, Bolton claimed Trump became transfixed with getting Kim a copy of Elton John's "Rocket Man" CD, signed by the artist.