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Trump Presidency suffers setback after bombshell book, SC rebuke

John Bolton and the cover of his book “The Room Where it Happened.”
John Bolton and the cover of his book “The Room Where it Happened.”

US: Donald Trump’s Presidency was in turmoil Thursday after top ex-aide John Bolton declared him unfit for office in a bombshell book and the Supreme Court blocked a key part of his re-election vow to deport undocumented migrants.

The mounting drama around the Republican’s already rocky re-election bid raised the stakes for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday -- the first he will have held since the US coronavirus lockdown began, but mired in controversy over whether it is safe.

Trump’s once supremely self-confident march toward a second term was already in a hole due to criticism over his responses to the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide anti-racism protests.

A Supreme Court ruling against his administration’s bid to remove protections for hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants classified as “Dreamers” struck another blow as Trump’s re-election platform rests in large part on his promise to crack down on illegal immigration.

The ruling was doubly stinging because Trump has long boasted that his appointing of two justices succeeded in tilting the nation’s top court to the right.

In an outburst on Twitter, Trump called this and other recent rulings he didn’t like “shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans.” He also faced a blistering insider attack from Bolton, a lifelong Republican who saw Trump from up close as national security advisor.

“I don’t think he’s fit for office. I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job,” Bolton told ABC News to promote his book “The Room Where it Happened.” The book -- which the White House is trying desperately to get blocked by court order -- alleges that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for re-election help, obstructed justice and was no match for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle,” Bolton told ABC.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who Bolton alleges shared his assessment of Trump, lashed out late Thursday in a statement that read, “I was in the room too.”

“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,” Pompeo said. Trump again attacked Bolton, calling him a “sick puppy” and dismissing the book as “fiction.” - AFP


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