The Room Where It Happened, By John Bolton

The Room Where It Happened, By John Bolton, is a book that describes President Trump, in ways only a person such as John Bolton (National Security Adviser) could explain. Bolton spent many of his 453 days in the room where it happened, and the facts speak for themselves.TRWIH

A White House Memoir

The result of this book is a White House memoir that is the most comprehensive and substantial account of the Trump Administration, and one of the few to date by a top-level official.

With almost daily access to the President, John Bolton has produced a precise rendering of his days in and around the Oval Office. What Bolton saw astonished him: a President for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation. ” I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” Bolton writes. In fact, he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump’s Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy-and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and attempts by him and others in the Administration to raise alarms about them.

Is Foreign Policy Like Closing A Business Deal?

Trump and Zelinski
Trump and Ukraine’s President Zelinski

Bolton shows a President addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government. In Bolton’s telling, all this helped put Trump on the bizarre road to impeachment.

“The difference between this presidency and previous ones, I had served were stunning,” Bolton writes, who worked for Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43. He discovered a President who thought foreign policy is like closing a real estate deal-about personal relationship, and advancing his own interests.

As a result, the U.S. lost an opportunity to confront its deepening threats, and in cases like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea ended up in a more vulnerable place.

Bolton’s March To The West Wing

Bolton’s account starts with his long march to the West Wing as Trump and others woo him for the National Security job. The minute he lands, he has to deal with Syria’s chemical attack on the city of Douma, and the crisis after that never stop.

As he writes in the opening pages, “If you don’t like turmoil, uncertainty, and risk-all the while being constantly overwhelmed with information, decisions to be made, and sheer amount of work-and enlivened by international and domestic personality and ego conflicts beyond description, try something else.”

About The Author, John Bolton

John Robert Bolton (born November 20,1948) is an American attorney, political commentator, Republican consultant and former diplomat who served as the 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and as the 27th United States National Security Adviser from 2018 to 2019.

Trump and Bolton
Trump and Bolton

Bolton served as a United States Assistant Attorney General for President Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1989. He served in the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 2001 to 2005. He was and advocate of the Iraq War as a Director of the Project for the New American Century, which favored going to war with Iraq.

He was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006, as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush. He stepped down at the end of his recess appointment in December 2006, because he was unlikely to win confirmation from the Senate of which the Democratic Party had gained control at the time.

In later years, Bolton served as the Assistant to President Donald Trump for National Security Affairs (NSA) from April 2018 to September 2019. He repeatedly called for the termination of the Iraq nuclear deal, from the U.S. who withdrew in May 2018.

Kirkus Review On Bolton’s Controversial Book, The Room Where It Happened

The latest tell-tell all-or, at any rate tell-some indictment of a dysfunctional presidency.

Bolton, a foreign policy hard-liner, writes that Donald Trump first courted him to serve as deputy secretary of the state, “Nothing doing,” Bolton responded: “the state could be run successfully from that level.” It took back and forth before Bolton finally got to be in charge of something, named, National Security Adviser.

Given Trump’s contempt for the intelligence community, it stands to reason that Bolton’s job would be fraught, but he lasted a surprisingly long time-17 months, several lifetimes in the Trump administration.

Bolton directs most of his ire toward Trump, and the book, while thoroughly self-serving-where was this information during impeachment proceedings?-delivers a damning portrait of a man quick to suck up to despots and seek their aid in holding onto his office.

President Xi JingPing
President of China Xi Jinping

Instead of begging for China’s help in the coming election, as many media outlets portrayed a meeting with Xi Jinping, Bolton writes that Trump “stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.” Such muted statements, he writes, resulted from the government’s pre-publication review, which often amounted only to a directive to “take out the quotation marks.” Readers who supply the missing punctuation will find a Trump who is whiny, self-absorbed, unprepared, and spectacularly ill-informed at every turn-handly breaking news.

Bolton notes, “in closing though it’s worth considering that a second-term Trump might be an unintended boon: “Democrats will find themselves far more pleased substantively with a ‘legacy’-seeking Trump…than conservatives and Republicans, whose political coffins, Trump would nail shut.”

Trump’s Vindictiveness

John McCain
John McCain

Not surprisingly, Trump bashes Bolton as a liar and threatens him with criminal prosecution. But Bolton retains his famed notepads, and note taking, and says everything was above board and legal. Trump Beware.Vietnam Image

The president’s public persona is little different from the man behind the Resolute Desk. The Room Where It Happened chronicles, for example, Trump’s animus toward the late John McCain. Bolton describes the president’s “vindictiveness, as evidence by the constant eruptions against McCain, even after McCain died and could do Trump no more harm.”

In Conclusion


The Turmoil, conflicts, and egos are all there-from the upheaval in Venezuela, to the erratic, and manipulate moves on North Korea’s, Kim Jong Un, to the showdown at the G-7 summits, the calculated warmongering by Iran, the crazy plan to bring the Taliban to Camp David, and the placating of an authoritarian China that ultimately exposed the world to its lethal lies. But this seasoned public servant also has a great eye for the Washington inside game, and his story is full of wit and wry humor about how he saw it played.

The mandatory government national security review took months and drew accusations of deliberate delay. Mr. Bolton waits until the book’s last pages to tell us that he doesn’t think it should have been subject to review, and asserts that the administration intended to stave off its unflattering depictions of life at the Trumpian heights.

Mr. Trump and his acolytes were adamant in their denials and merciless in invective. A week before the release, the U.S. government sued to prevent it. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit but damningly found that Mr. Bolton had “exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability.”

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2 thoughts on “The Room Where It Happened, By John Bolton”

  1. In this day and time, having a tell-all novel published about a sitting president is not unexpected.  The events that lead to where we find ourselves with the international community is such a travesty of leadership.

    Frightening as this is it will be an interesting read to see how this member of the cabinet thought and believed things were happening.  The ability to get one of the knowledgable member’s opinions and views of what is happening in our world today is always enlightening.  The interviews he has done on TV have made his book something we are all talking about.  To have the time to read it and make my own decisions will be fun.  

    I know our leaders have such responsibility that they often trip over their own feet.  They are after all, just human, and unable to hide their true nature all the time.  As much as I would like to be wrong about this president, I fear he will be everything I am fear he is.  This was an interesting read.  Thanks for featuring it.  Have you read The Room Where It Happened yet?

    1. Thank you Sami for your comment, I am in the same position as you, I wish it wasn’t true about our president, but the facts will and are coming out for a long time now, about his criminality while in the White House and during the 2016 election. We as a nation can not ignore the fact that numerous people in his cabinet as well as across the spectrum of his administrational staff, but it seems that everyone is afraid to speak truth to power and that is a scary place to be as a nation.

      I have not read this book, but I did order the eBook and will be getting started on the book soon. I have been waiting for this book for quite a while.

      Thanks again for your comment and have a great day.

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