Sarah Sanders: Bolton was 'drunk on power'

Sarah Sanders: Bolton was 'drunk on power'
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Former White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: 'I thought it was an Onion headline' Donald Trump: The Boomer TV president MORE Sanders takes aim at John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump envoy says US ready to talk to North Korea but rebukes Pyongyang counterpart Why Trump can't make up his mind on China The benefits of American disinterest in world affairs MORE in her upcoming memoir, claiming the former national security adviser was self-centered and "drunk on power." 

"Bolton was a classic case of a senior White House official drunk on power, who had forgotten that nobody elected him to anything," Sanders writes in an excerpt of "Speaking for Myself" obtained by Axios and published on Monday

Sanders describes one example in which the White House team traveled to London alongside President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE for his state visit in 2019, and Bolton left in a separate motorcade for the U.S. ambassador's residence ahead of the rest of the staff.


"Bolton apparently felt too important to travel with the rest of us," Sanders wrote, according to Axios. 

"As we were ready to depart for the Winfield House ... [w]e waited and watched as Bolton sped by and left us in the dust. The discussion on the bus quickly moved ... to how arrogant and selfish Bolton could be, not just in this moment but on a regular basis," the former press secretary continued.

Bolton's act apparently invoked a heated response from former acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE, who reportedly confronted the national security adviser.

"Let’s face it, John," Mulvaney said, according to an excerpt obtained by Axios. "You’re a f---ing self-righteous, self-centered son of a bitch.' "

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.


A spokeswoman for Bolton told Axios that the former national security adviser had no input in his travel arrangements during the London trip.

"All logistical arrangements for travel of this sort were handled by the Secret Service, without any input from Ambassador Bolton," the spokeswoman said. "It is impossible to believe that his assigned Secret Service agents acted other than in a completely professional manner, fully coordinated with the Secret Service details assigned to Messrs. Mnuchin and Mulvaney."

The report comes as Bolton has unleashed an assault against his former employer, declaring in an interview that he would not vote for the president in November and explosive claims from his upcoming book have been published in news articles.

Among the claims is the assertion that Trump himself reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping about assistance in the 2020 election.