Bolton: Trump Defended Saudis After Khashoggi Murder To Bury Ivanka Email Story

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President Trump reportedly wanted to draw attention away from headlines about Ivanka's use of private email.

President Donald Trump’s defense of the Saudi Crown Prince following the murder of a Saudi journalist was meant to drown out headlines about his daughter’s use of private email for government business, according to John Bolton’s new book.

  • The Washington Post reported that Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, made the claim in his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”
  • The Post noted that Trump was criticized in November 2018 after writing an “unfettered defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, littered with exclamation points, over the killing of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.”
  • But Bolton’s book suggests that “the main goal of the missive was to take away attention from a story about Ivanka Trump using her personal email for government business,” The Post reported.

“This will divert from Ivanka,” Trump said, according to Bolton’s book. “If I read the statement in person, that will take over the Ivanka thing.”

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