Trump Scrambles To Suppress Inconvenient Information With Bolton Book And Coronavirus

There’s a common motivation in the White House’s attempt to suppress John Bolton’s book and its state of denial over alarming new trends in the coronavirus pandemic:

President Donald Trump doesn’t want Americans to see information that could harm him or the narrative he has constructed.

The former national security adviser’s behind-the-scenes account is expected to portray Trump, who was impeached over an apparent abuse of power in Ukraine and clashed with Bolton over a number of foreign policy issues, in an extremely poor light.
And increasing signs that the pandemic is becoming more virulent in states that heeded the President’s calls to open the economy — like Florida, Arizona, South Carolina and Texas — contradict his claim that the US has prevailed and it’s safe to go back to normal.

They just don’t want to deal with the reality of it. They’re in denial,” an official familiar with the work of the White House’s coronavirus task force told CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Both dramas have the potential to further dent the President’s reelection campaign, as polls show him behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Bolton is likely to undercut Trump’s chosen image as a strong, dominant global leader and could unleash more Ukraine-style controversies over his behavior in office. A surge in coronavirus cases is meanwhile tarnishing the President’s narrative of the “Great American Comeback” and the economic openings that may be key to his hopes of a second term.
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Escalating an aggressive effort to halt publication of “The Room Where it Happened,” the administration on Tuesday sued Bolton for breach of contract in an unorthodox legal move, opening what could be an extended legal battle.

Trump has claimed falsely that all of his conversations with the former national security adviser are classified. Bolton’s lawyers contend that he has done all that is required in submitting the work to the National Security Council for a review and that the White House is looking for an excuse to stop publication.
The White House claims that Bolton, who has been handling American secrets for most of his adult life as a senior national security official, has written a book “rife with classified” material seem highly dubious. That has led to speculation in Washington that there will be highly damaging information about Trump in the book, which could further harm his image ahead of the election.
The book has already shipped to warehouses ahead of its scheduled release next week, and Bolton has taped an interview with ABC scheduled to air Sunday. His publisher, Simon & Schuster, said in a statement Tuesday that the lawsuit “is nothing more than the latest in a long running series of efforts by the Administration to quash publication of a book it deems unflattering to the President.”

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