Let it be known that John Bolton isn’t the only former Trump official with an axe to grind, and they’re not all aimed at the boss, either. On the heels of Bolton’s splashy memoir release and media tour taking aim at Donald Trump’s decision-making and leadership, another former White House official has taken aim at Bolton. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ new memoirs contains a personal attack on Bolton’s imperiousness and attitude, according to an excerpt reported by Axios:
Axios has a first look for you at a fiery passage from a book that’s coming this fall from former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “Speaking for Myself.” She writes that, during President Trump’s state visit to London last year, “Bolton was a classic case of a senior White House official drunk on power, who had forgotten that nobody elected him to anything.”
Sanders tells me that Bolton regularly traveled separately on foreign trips and, in London, disregarded a request to wait so the rest of the staff wouldn’t get stuck in traffic:
- “Bolton apparently felt too important to travel with the rest of us,” Sanders writes. “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.”
That incident resulted in a “a full Irish explosion” from Mick Mulvaney, then chief of staff, who called Bolton a “f***** self-righteous, self-centered son of a b****,” according to Huckabee Sanders. All of that is interesting in an entertainment sense, but not entirely on point. Politics is filled with “self-righteous, self-centered” SOBs, but generally speaking, we evaluate them on their policies and performance rather than their personality. That’s also the main flaw in Bolton’s criticisms thus far on the book tour, as Trump’s policies on China, Russia, and Iran eventually came around to the hard lines that Bolton espouses — or at least took them further in that direction than Barack Obama had or Hillary Clinton would have.