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MSNBC 27 Jan 2020

NYT: John Bolton Was Worried Trump Was Doing Favors For Autocratic Leaders

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The New York Times is reporting John Bolton writes in his upcoming book that he was concerned Trump was doing favors for autocratic leaders. Michael Schmidt and Philip Rucker discuss. Aired on 01/27/20.


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POST" AND MODERATOR OF "WASHINGTON WEEK" ON PBS.
"WASHINGTON WEEK" ON PBS. MICHAEL, LET ME BEGIN WITH YOU.
MICHAEL, LET ME BEGIN WITH YOU. THE NEW TRANCHE OF REPORTING
THE NEW TRANCHE OF REPORTING THAT YOU AND MAGGIE ARE OUT
THAT YOU AND MAGGIE ARE OUT FRONT WITH TONIGHT, TELL US
FRONT WITH TONIGHT, TELL US ABOUT THIS, THE COLLECTION OF
ABOUT THIS, THE COLLECTION OF CONCERNS BOLTON HAD.
CONCERNS BOLTON HAD. AND WHAT I WAS INTERESTED IN,
AND WHAT I WAS INTERESTED IN, THE FACT THAT BARR ENGAGED ON
THE FACT THAT BARR ENGAGED ON THE TOPIC.
THE TOPIC. >> YEAH.
>> YEAH. SO LAST YEAR BOLTON AND BARR HAD
SO LAST YEAR BOLTON AND BARR HAD A DISCUSSION IN WHICH BOLTON
A DISCUSSION IN WHICH BOLTON SAID HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE
SAID HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH
PRESIDENT’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH DICTATORS AROUND THE WORLD.
DICTATORS AROUND THE WORLD. AND WAS HE, YOU KNOW, DOING
AND WAS HE, YOU KNOW, DOING FAVORS FOR THEM.
FAVORS FOR THEM. AND BARR REACTED THAT HE
AND BARR REACTED THAT HE CONCURRED, THAT THIS HAD CREATED
CONCURRED, THAT THIS HAD CREATED A PERCEPTION PROBLEM, THAT HE
A PERCEPTION PROBLEM, THAT HE SINGLED IN ON CONTACTS THAT THE
SINGLED IN ON CONTACTS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD HAD WITH TURKEY,
PRESIDENT HAD HAD WITH TURKEY, THE LEADERS OF TURKEY AND CHINA,
THE LEADERS OF TURKEY AND CHINA, ON THESE ISSUES.
ON THESE ISSUES. BASICALLY TWO OF THE CLOSEST
BASICALLY TWO OF THE CLOSEST PEOPLE TO THE PRESIDENT TALKING
PEOPLE TO THE PRESIDENT TALKING TOGETHER ABOUT HOW THEY DIDN’T
TOGETHER ABOUT HOW THEY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS TAKING
UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS TAKING DIFFERENT MOVES IN REGARDS TO
DIFFERENT MOVES IN REGARDS TO NATIONAL SECURITY, IN REGARDS TO
NATIONAL SECURITY, IN REGARDS TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATIONS.
INVESTIGATIONS. AND IT WAS JUST STRIKING TO US
AND IT WAS JUST STRIKING TO US TO HEAR AND SEE INTO THAT
TO HEAR AND SEE INTO THAT CONVERSATION THE WAY THAT WE DID
CONVERSATION THE WAY THAT WE DID THROUGH OUR REPORTING, WHICH
THROUGH OUR REPORTING, WHICH GIVES A SORT OF BIGGER, GREATER
GIVES A SORT OF BIGGER, GREATER SENSE OF WHAT BOLTON COULD
SENSE OF WHAT BOLTON COULD TESTIFY TO.
TESTIFY TO. >> PHIL RUCKER, LET’S BE HONEST
>> PHIL RUCKER, LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT SOMETHING THAT INVOLVES
ABOUT SOMETHING THAT INVOLVES OUR BUSINESS.
OUR BUSINESS. WHEN A MUCH AWAITED BOOK,
WHEN A MUCH AWAITED BOOK, USUALLY IN GALLEY FORM, ARRIVES,
USUALLY IN GALLEY FORM, ARRIVES, EVEN IF A DEAL HAS BEEN DONE
EVEN IF A DEAL HAS BEEN DONE WITH A NEWS ORGANIZATION TO BE
WITH A NEWS ORGANIZATION TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE PURVEYORS OF THAT
THE EXCLUSIVE PURVEYORS OF THAT BIG SPLASHY BOOK CAMPAIGN, OFTEN
BIG SPLASHY BOOK CAMPAIGN, OFTEN COPIES ARE MADE, AND EMPLOYEES
COPIES ARE MADE, AND EMPLOYEES WHO ARE TRUSTED ARE ENTRUSTED TO
WHO ARE TRUSTED ARE ENTRUSTED TO READ ALONG SO THEY’LL BE UP TO
READ ALONG SO THEY’LL BE UP TO SPEED THE DAY THE BOOK DROPS.
SPEED THE DAY THE BOOK DROPS. THIS HAPPENS IN MY EXPERIENCE
THIS HAPPENS IN MY EXPERIENCE THROUGHOUT LIFE, AND I’VE RARELY
THROUGHOUT LIFE, AND I’VE RARELY SEEN IT BROKEN, THE IMPLICIT
SEEN IT BROKEN, THE IMPLICIT DEAL.
DEAL. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT JUST ONE SET
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT JUST ONE SET OF EYES AT THE NSC AND MAYBE ONE
OF EYES AT THE NSC AND MAYBE ONE SET OF EYES AT THE PUBLISHERS
SET OF EYES AT THE PUBLISHERS HAS SEEN THIS BOOK?
HAS SEEN THIS BOOK? >> BRIAN, SURELY THAT’S
>> BRIAN, SURELY THAT’S POSSIBLE, BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU
POSSIBLE, BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT’S PROBABLY UNLIKELY.
IT’S PROBABLY UNLIKELY. CERTAINLY WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT
CERTAINLY WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT THE PUBLISHER, I WOULD IMAGINE A
THE PUBLISHER, I WOULD IMAGINE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN SIDE SIMON
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN SIDE SIMON AND SCHUSTER ARE INVOLVED IN THE
AND SCHUSTER ARE INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION AND EDITING PROCESS.
PRODUCTION AND EDITING PROCESS. >> BUT THEY’RE USED TO SECRECY
>> BUT THEY’RE USED TO SECRECY TOO.
TOO. >> AND THEY DO THIS YEAR AFTER
>> AND THEY DO THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR WITH SO MANY TOP SECRET
YEAR WITH SO MANY TOP SECRET BOOKS.
BOOKS. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, IF THE BOOK
AT THE WHITE HOUSE, IF THE BOOK WERE HANDED TO ONLY ONE NATIONAL
WERE HANDED TO ONLY ONE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL OFFICIAL, YOU
SECURITY COUNCIL OFFICIAL, YOU WOULD IMAGINE THAT JUST BY SHEER
WOULD IMAGINE THAT JUST BY SHEER DOING THE JOB, THAT PERSON WOULD
DOING THE JOB, THAT PERSON WOULD BE INFORMING SOME OTHER
BE INFORMING SOME OTHER COLLEAGUES THIS IS A HIGHLY
COLLEAGUES THIS IS A HIGHLY SENSITIVE MANUSCRIPT THAT’S
SENSITIVE MANUSCRIPT THAT’S BEING SHARED.
BEING SHARED. IT’S SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN
IT’S SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN AWAITED WITHIN THE TRUMP
AWAITED WITHIN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR SOME TIME.
ADMINISTRATION FOR SOME TIME. IT WOULD BE VERY SURPRISING,

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