Sarah Sanders Responds To Bolton Controversy, Claims He Was ‘Drunk On Power’ Whole Time He Was In Office, ‘Had Forgotten That Nobody Elected Him’

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is pushing back on John Bolton, exposing criticisms other members of the Trump administration have made of him.

Bolton was fired from the Trump administration after serving as a national security advisor. In the aftermath, Bolton is looking to profit off his time serving alongside Trump with a new memoir.

But Sanders has a memoir of her own, the Washington Examiner reports.

In her forthcoming book, Sanders claims Bolton was “drunk on power” and “had forgotten that nobody elected him to anything.”

“Bolton apparently felt too important to travel with the rest of us,” Sanders wrote, citing an instance in London.

“As we were ready to depart for the Winfield House, [the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London], we loaded onto a small black bus. We waited and watched as Bolton sped by and left us in the dust. The discussion on the bus quickly moved … to how arrogant and selfish Bolton could be, not just in this moment but on a regular basis,” Sanders wrote.

The press secretary said Bolton was chewed out once that bus returned to the Winfield House without the remaining staff members.

“When we finally arrived at the Winfield House, Mick Mulvaney, typically laid-back and not one to get caught up in titles or seniority, confronted Bolton and unleashed a full Irish explosion on him,” Sanders said.

“Let’s face it, John,” Mulvaney said, according to Sanders. “You’re a f*****g self-righteous, self-centered son of a b***h!'”

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Sanders said Bolton acted as if he were different than the other staff “and could play by a different set of rules than the rest of the team.”

The Washington Examiner reports:

Bolton wrote in his forthcoming book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, that Trump confronted him about his government travel, saying, “You have your own airplane.”

An official on the trip also claimed Bolton “stole the security detail from the staff bus so that it could escort him across London.” The official said Mulvaney and Bolton got “into a shouting match” over Bolton’s behavior in London.

Sarah Tinsley, longtime senior adviser to Bolton, told Axios that all logistical travel arrangements were made by Secret Service “without any input” from Bolton.

As the Daily Mail reported last week, Bolton previously requested his own private jet on at least one occasion when Trump visited the United Kingdom.

From the report:

John Bolton was disliked by his White House staff and demanded his own Air Force jet to London for President Donald Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, learned.

The push back against the president’s national security adviser comes after Bolton’s forthcoming memoir, ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,’ was obtained by and other news outlets amid a legal battle ahead with the president of its release date.

‘Bolton was just a mean, nasty human being,’ a high-ranking administration official told ‘He was broadly disliked in the building, including by many on his own staff.’


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