White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said former National Security Advisor John Bolton has discredited himself with his new book and that it has been criticized by Trump officials and by media book reviews. At the White House press briefing on Monday, McEnany cited the New York Times review of the book, which called it "exceedingly tedious."
QUESTION: Does [President Trump] reject the characterization in John Bolton's book that he once said it would be cool to invade Venezuela?
MCENANY: John Bolton has completely discredited himself. Multiple senior administration officials are on the record exposing his lies, and even the media seems to have taken note of John Bolton and how ridiculous some of the things he said. The reviews that his book has gotten have been right on in the media.
The media has said that this book is exceedingly tedious and slightly unhinged loaded with self-importance. That was the New York Times. The New Yorker said he takes an inflated view of himself and a willingness to blame others for just about everything. The Federalist talked about the numerous serious factual flaws, which have been underlined as being false by Pompeo, Lighthizer, and others who have all come out and said that this book is full of mistruths about themselves and about others in this administration, certainly about the president.
QUESTION: Does he claim that that was untrue then?