Timing of Bolton’s Trump-bashing book points to cashing in


Timing of Bolton’s Trump-bashing book points to cashing in

The ex-national security adviser’s tome is damning of his former boss, but why is he speaking out now?

Ben Riley Smith

Why did John Bolton speak up? And why now? Those were the questions being debated in Washington DC amid the fallout from his jaw-dropping memoir.

Unpacking the possible answers is more complex than it might appear, based on Bolton’s skill at the political game but also having feet on both sides of the Republican Party divide.

First, there is the money. Bolton has held his tongue in public for the nine months he has been out of the White House despite pressure to speak. The book deal was reported to have been $2m. Key to maximising sales was not giving away information before release. It is noteworthy that Bolton continued to appear on the lucrative private speaking circuit while remaining quiet in public...

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