By Duncan Smith
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton “distorted” events and details surrounding a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to the South Korean government.
Bolton has written a memoir of his time in the White House under Trump titled 'The Room Where It Happened,” which is scheduled for release on Tuesday, though many excerpts have already appeared in the press.
And in nearly every instance, Bolton has been fact-checked. Now it’s the South Korean government’s turn.
And, as the Daily Wire notes, just by publishing the book Bolton is throwing future negotiations — with a nuclear-armed country — into jeopardy, because he’s a self-centered Trump hater now:
A South Korean security official says that Bolton's version of the events surrounding three U.S.-North Korea summits that took place from June 2018-June 2019 is 'distorted.' In his book, Bolton claims that South Korean President Moon Jae-in set unrealistic expectations for the talks while pursuing his own agenda to unify the Korean peninsula. Bolton describes Moon as 'schizophrenic,' according to Reuters.
'It does not reflect accurate facts and substantially distorts facts,' South Korea national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said, adding that Bolton's published account of internal deliberations between the heads of state set a 'dangerous precedent.'
'Unilaterally publishing consultations made based on mutual trust violates the basic principles of diplomacy and could severely damage future negotiations,' Chung said.
Meanwhile, the president has also blasted the book and Bolton.
Trump has responded forcefully to the book, denying its claims and attacking Bolton as a 'wacko.'
'Wacko John Bolton's 'exceedingly tedious' … book is made up of lies [and] fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized [and] happily dumped. What a dope!' Trump tweeted last week, quoting a New York Times review critical of Bolton's book.
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