Pompeo slams Bolton account as spreading 'lies,' 'fully-spun half-truths' and 'falsehoods'

Pompeo slams Bolton account as spreading 'lies,' 'fully-spun half-truths' and 'falsehoods'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP lawmaker calls for Justice Dept. to probe international court Trump hits Hong Kong leader with sanctions Overnight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration MORE chastized former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEx-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon Congress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity MORE on Thursday, saying reported episodes from his upcoming book are untrue. 

In a statement released via email Thursday with the subject line, "I Was In The Room, Too," the secretary said Bolton is “spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods.”

“It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton’s final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people,” Pompeo said.


“To our friends around the world: you know that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE’s America is a force for good in the world,” he added.

Copies of Bolton’s book, “The room where it happened,” were obtained by The Hill and multiple media outlets ahead of its publication next week and detail the former official's tumultuous 18 months in the administration.

Bolton also describes in detail his interactions with senior Trump administration officials, including Pompeo, painting a picture of a secretary of State who disparages the president in private but panders to him in public.

In one episode, Bolton said Pompeo showed him his notepad where he wrote that the president “is so full of shit,” during a summit with North Korea in Singapore.

Bolton’s account also alleges that President Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help him win the 2020 election and described the president as “stunningly uninformed” and solely driven in his decision making for publicity that he could use for his reelection.