Pompeo takes swipe at Bolton in tweet
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at John Bolton in a tweet as the former national security adviser continues to blast President Trump in the media.
A tweet from the secretary’s account Sunday evening contained no caption, but featured an image of a grinning Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over a news channel chyron announcing Bolton’s firing from the position of national security adviser last year.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) June 21, 2020
The tweet came just minutes after The Daily Telegraph published an interview with Bolton in which the ex-national security adviser said he wouldn’t support Trump in November. The article had initially reported that Bolton said he would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden (D), but a spokesman for Bolton denied that statement, clarifying that Bolton wouldn’t support either candidate in the election.
Pompeo has acted as the administration’s public face running defense against the claims made in Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” set to be released on June 23. Bolton makes a multitude of claims in the book, such as insinuating that Trump approached China’s president, Xi Jinping, about assistance in his efforts to defeat Biden.
Bolton also alleges in his book that Pompeo has a dim view of the president, claiming that the secretary of State at one point passed Bolton a note saying, “he is so full of shit,” referring to Trump.
“I’ve not read the book, but from the excerpts I’ve seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehood,” the secretary tweeted last week.
I’ve not read the book, but from the excerpts I’ve seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 18, 2020