Former White House national security adviser John Bolton reportedly claims that President Trump called for scumbag journalists to be “executed,” according to a copy of Bolton’s book obtained by The Washington Post.
Bolton said Trump made the comments during a meeting last summer in New Jersey.
During the meeting, Trump said journalists should be jailed so they would have to expose their sources, according to Bolton’s account chronicled in the memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.”
“These people should be executed. They are scumbags,” Trump said, according to Bolton.
And now for the part in Bolton's book where he says Trump suggests killing reporters: "…Trump says journalists should be jailed so they have to divulge their sources: 'These people should be executed. They are scumbags,' Trump said." https://t.co/RGxeGgp7HF
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) June 17, 2020
Trump ousted Bolton, his third national security adviser, in September over disagreements on foreign policy.
The Trump administration filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block publication of Bolton’s book, which Justice Department lawyers have claimed still contains classified information even after redactions the publisher made at the White House’s request.
In his book, Bolton also claims that Trump committed impeachable offenses that House Democrats never investigated, such as allegedly trying to persuade Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy large amounts of agricultural products to improve his reelection prospects in agricultural states.
“I am hard pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” Bolton wrote, according to the Post.
Last year, Trump threatened a Time magazine photographer with prison for apparently taking a picture of a letter from Kim Jong-un, reports the BBC.
The president rebuked the photographer in the Oval Office after he was warned by an aide not to take a photo, according to Time’s transcript.
The interview continued but grew heated after the special counsel’s investigation of Trump came up.
“You can go to prison instead,” the president is quoted as saying.
The interview took place at the White House on Monday, June 17, two days before Trump traveled to Florida to formally launch his 2020 re-election campaign.