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 SandersTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event MORE Sanders takes aim at John BoltonJohn BoltonWe've left Afghanistan — but its consequences are just starting to arrive It's time to pull the plug on our toxic relationship with Pakistan Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod 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 TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' 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.

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"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 MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers 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.