White House trade adviser likens Bolton book to 'revenge porn'

White House trade adviser likens Bolton book to 'revenge porn'
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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Thursday ripped former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWhen will Biden declare America's 'One China, One Taiwan' policy? India's S-400 missile system problem Overnight Defense & National Security — GOP unhappy with Afghan vetting MORE over his explosive forthcoming tell-all, likening it to "revenge porn."

"My take on him is Big Lie Bolton, it’s Book Deal Bolton, he is doing it for the money, that is pretty clear, and my view is it is the Washington swamp's equivalent of revenge porn," Navarro told reporters at the White House.

Navarro echoed a chorus of White House officials and GOP lawmakers who have brushed away the damning allegations in Bolton's book by describing the former official as a disgruntled ex-employee seeking to profit off his time in the administration.

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"Here’s the point, folks: He talks about the pattern of behavior with the president," Navarro said. "Well, the pattern of behavior of John 'Book Deal' Bolton is to go into an administration, advance his own agenda, and when he gets fired from that administration or leaves like he did in the Bush administration, he leaves and then criticizes the people he left behind who gave him the job."

"He did that with the Bush administration after he helped get the Bush administration into the Iraq War by pushing the big lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction," Navarro added. "That’s the pattern.”

Bolton has faced criticism from all sides after the first excerpts of his book were published on Wednesday. The president has called him a "liar," the Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing to try to block the release of the memoir, and Democrats have admonished Bolton for refusing to voluntarily testify during the House impeachment proceedings.

The former national security adviser's book, "The Room Where it Happened," contains numerous damning claims about the president. Bolton depicts Trump as "stunningly uninformed" about basic foreign policy facts, describes him as motivated by his own interests rather than the country's and writes that Trump was willing to cozy up to authoritarian leaders.

Bolton claims that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win reelection by increasing agricultural purchases to boost support among U.S. farmers, a charge administration officials have denied.