Many officials have come and gone from the Trump administration the past few years. But none have arguably left with more anger and frustration than former national security adviser John Bolton.
And a new report reveals that Bolton could be about to undermine his former boss with a “tell-all” book detailing their well-known foreign policy disputes.
According to the Associated Press, Bolton has signed a book deal worth approximately $2 million with Simon & Schuster — and many expect that he will use the opportunity to take a jab at the president.
The AP cited three anonymous sources said to have “knowledge of negotiations” in their report, which noted that Bolton was represented by a literary agency called Javelin.
This agency also represented former FBI Director James Comey in his most recent book deal as well as the “anonymous” Trump administration official whose book is set to be released later this month.
Bolton’s book deal comes just weeks after his September departure from the White House, which came amid several well-publicized disagreements he had with the president over foreign policy decisions.
Bolton clashed with Trump’s non-hawkish policies that typically seek to use economic — instead of military — pressure to achieve outcomes beneficial to U.S. interests.
One of the biggest sticking points between the two men came when they publicly disagreed on handling North Korea.
Bolton was rumored to be pushing for military action in North Korea whereas Trump tried to be a little more friendly in hopes that it would entice North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to become more responsible on the world stage.
Bolton and Trump even had a public spat over how he departed from the administration. Bolton took to Twitter the day after his departure and said he offered Trump his resignation and the president had told him, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
“I will have my say in due course,” Bolton said after his departure, adding that his “sole concern is US national security.”
The AP adds:
Bolton’s name has repeatedly come up in the House impeachment inquiry into allegations that Trump used military aid as leverage to get Ukraine to open investigations that would benefit him politically. Witnesses said Bolton was highly critical of the effort and that he said he wanted nothing to do with what he characterized as a “drug deal.”
He declined a request to testify in the impeachment inquiry and his lawyer told congressional Democrats he would fight a subpoena.
But his attorney, Charles Cooper, also teased that Bolton was “personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony” and suggested that he could speak about “many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far.”
So Bolton signing a $2 million book deal has obviously led to rumors that he will go after Trump and air many of their disagreements.