US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called former security adviser John Bolton a “traitor” and “liar.”
Pompeo says that because of the book that Bolton wants to publish soon about working under President Donald Trump.
“John Bolton spreads multiple lies, twisted half-truths and fabrications,” said Pompeo. The minister stands up for President Trump, who also noted that Bolton is lying.
Trump called his former security adviser a madman.
“It is sad and dangerous that the last thing we see in Bolton in public is the betrayal that is harming the American people,” the minister wrote in a statement.
Bolton’s book has not yet been published, but several media reported on passages on Wednesday. For example, according to Bolton, Trump would have asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping for help for his re-election.
Bolton filed a petition with the court on Thursday night (local time) for his book, US medium Politico reports.
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice decided to ask the judge to stop the book. Bolton has requested the court to dismiss the case because no actual charges have been brought.