White House trade adviser: 'Whatever Bolton is saying about China is just silly'

White House trade adviser: 'Whatever Bolton is saying about China is just silly'
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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday dismissed allegations about President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE’s actions made by  John BoltonJohn BoltonFormer Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report Equilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? MORE in the former White House national security adviser's forthcoming memoir. 

“I was in those rooms, too” Navarro said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” referencing the title of Bolton’s memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.” 

“Whatever Bolton is saying about China is just silly, because this president has been the toughest president on China of any American president ever,” Navarro added. 

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In the book, Bolton alleges Trump solicited Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help in winning reelection. 

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Biden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration MORE pressed Navarro on his comment, asking him point blank if Trump solicited Xi's help in the November election. 

Navarro said that is not a yes or no question. 

“I never heard that, I was in the room,” Navarro added. 

Navarro also said that Bolton put “highly classified information sprinkled through a very large book in order to earn a profit.

He said Bolton risks a “jail sentence” and “has to pay a price” for putting the nation’s security at risk over his book. 

A federal judge on Saturday denied a Trump administration request to block Bolton’s book from being published.