Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
DONALD TRUMP HAS PUBLICLY HAMMERED CHINA FOR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, BUT ACCORDING TO JOHN BOLTON’S NEW BOOK, TRUMP ALSO PLEADED WITH CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO HELP RE-ELECT HIM. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/17/john-bolton-book-trump-china-accusations-dictators
Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016–present)
First a word of caution: never trust a politician to tell the truth.
If Bolton accused Trump of some misdemeanor, remember that Bolton had a crow to pick with Trump because of their many disagreements, so he would want to smear Trump and if he thought he could get away with it, he would LIE. That is what politicians do all the time. But Bolton’s motive was more than revenge. His allegations against Trump are tailored to fit the Democrat campaign strategy which attempts to show that Trump is soft on China – just as the 2016 strategy aimed to show collusion with Russia. (Since the Democrats have no substantive economic or foreign policy platform, they are again resorting to allegations that Trump is a sell-out).
This report from WaPo clearly demonstrates that Bolton’s allegation about Xi’s concentration camp confession is a hoax:
“Xi also defended China’s construction of camps housing as many as 1 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang — and Trump signaled his approval. “According to our interpreter,” Bolton writes, “Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.””
There are two major problems with Bolton’s story.
One problem is that presidential interpreters are State Department employees who take an oath not to reveal any classified information. If the interpreter disclosed any information to Bolton, then he or she was in breach of his oath – which is highly unlikely. Which is why the Democrats refrained from calling on the interpreter to testify before Congress. They’d have been embarrassed.
Here is a quote from an article from ABCNews (highlighting is by Vince Dhimos):
“State Department staff interpreters, ... are civil servants who take an oath that they will not reveal any classified information, according to Obst. Additionally, interpreters for a U.S. president have top secret clearances, and so they are bound by law to not reveal top secret or classified information.
“According to Obst, the interpreter writes a memorandum of the conversation after every meeting, which is deemed as the property of the president, or whoever participated in the classified meeting. The memorandum could not be made public or shared with lawmakers without the permission of the owner, which in this case would be Trump. It goes through the same declassification process after 17 years, like other classified information.”
BTW, this is one area where the Justice Department had every right and obligation to get involved in the decision on publication of the book, because, if Bolton’s story is true (which I, of course, doubt), the interpreter and/or Bolton was in breach of the rules applicable to presidential interpreters. Bolton, as former ambassador to the UN, would have to know this.
But that’s not all. Xi, like all members of the secretive CCP, would absolutely not disclose something this embarrassing for which China has long been condemned.
A report from Business Insider shows that Bolton is almost certainly lying about Xi’s alleged confession that the CCP confines Uighurs to concentration camps (highlighting is by Vince Dhimos):
“The country has for years denied oppressing the Uighurs, a mostly-Muslim ethnic minority in western China, with intrusive surveillance and mass detentions.”
Further, according to this same report, the CCP continues to deny these claims even now that these leaked documents have been published. So NO, John, you are LYING. There is no way the close-lipped and very shrewd Xi Jinping would have suddenly opened up to the blabbermouth US president like this about a situation that the CCP has been denying. Xi’s fellow CCP members would have quickly removed him from power if he had done this. Bolton must think Americans are complete idiots to believe such drivel!
And since we can therefore be certain that this is a fabrication, Bolton’s book – all of it – lacks the slightest credibility. There is no reason to believe a word of it. In fact, it plays to the Democrats, who have, since the 2016 elections, been shrieking about how the Russians helped Trump steal the elections. The Dem strategists are now focused on showing the Trump got help from the Chinese. Biden has vowed to get even tougher on China than Trump has been. You can bet that some well-heeled Democrat strategists are behind this Bolton book of fables, which was 100% tailored to the Democrat campaign. Thus, the real traitor in this case is not Trump but in fact Bolton himself!
BTW, if you read my answers on Quora, you will see that I am bitterly opposed to Trump’s economic policies, his handling of COVID and the police racism issue, his brainless public statements, and his foreign policy, so I am not carrying one drop of his water by writing this refutation of Bolton’s book. I just hate lies, especially when they come from powerful people like the warmongering Neocon John Bolton.
BTW, just to show what a lying conniver Bolton is, then-UN ambassador John Bolton helped to set up Bashar al-Assad at the UN investigative body after Rafic Hariri was murdered in 2005. The murder had all the earmarks of a Mossad hit and Mossad had a motive, namely, to discredit Assad and strip Syria of its peace keeping role in Lebanon, but Bolton pressured the court to blame Bashar Assad and to call Mossad (which would have been the main suspect in a fair trial) as a witness. That accusation against Assad was a definite lie because Rafic was a good friend of Bashar’s father Hafez, and no self-respecting Arab Muslim would even DREAM of killing his dad’s friend. Bolton was pressuring the court to publish a false conclusion. Further, Bashar al-Assad had no motive to kill Rafic because the latter was no longer PM in Lebanon. The motive for the smear? Thanks to the UN’s absurd conclusion that Assad had “probably” ordered the hit on Rafic, Assad’s Syria was forced out of its peace keeping role in Lebanon and the next year, Israel attacked and nearly destroyed Lebanon. Thanks in large part to Mossad agent John Bolton.
So yes, Bolton is a lying vicious deeply dishonest man who will stop at nothing to get revenge on the man who fired him and, as the case may be, to make a few dirty dollars by helping the Dems win in November.