Mike Pompeo (File photo) Photograph:( Reuters )
Bolton 'is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths and outright falsehoods', Pompeo said
The Trump administration continued lambasting former National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton for his memoir as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called him a "liar" and "traitor".
Bolton "is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths and outright falsehoods," the secretary of state said in a statement.
"It is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton's final public role is that of a traitor who damaged America by violating his sacred trust with its people."
'The Room Where It Happened' is due to be released on Tuesday and excerpts of it are released in several US publications, which are making sensational claims on US President Donald Trump.
The excerpts said that Pompeo, one of the rare aides who never clashed publicly with Trump, disparaged him in private.
Other claims said that Trump urged China to help him get re-elected, supported Beijing's efforts for the mass incarceration of Muslim Uighurs, among others.
Trump in multiple tweets on Thursday described Bolton as a "wacko" and his book as a "compilation of lies and made up stories".
Bolton’s book, which is getting terrible reviews, is a compilation of lies and made up stories, all intended to make me look bad. Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
....He didn’t want Bolton anywhere near him. Bolton’s dumbest of all statements set us back very badly with North Korea, even now. I asked him, “what the hell were you thinking?” He had no answer and just apologized. That was early on, I should have fired him right then & there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
When Wacko John Bolton went on Deface the Nation and so stupidly said that he looked at the “Libyan Model” for North Korea, all hell broke out. Kim Jong Un, who we were getting along with very well, went “ballistic”, just like his missiles - and rightfully so....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
The Trump administration on Friday will go to court to block the publication of the book on the grounds that it contains classified information.