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Bolton: Trump Easily Manipulated By Putin And Xi, Lacks ‘Worldview’

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In an interview with the Washington Post’s Robert Costa on Tuesday afternoon, former National Security Advisor John Bolton tore into President Donald Trump over foreign policy and his actions with international organizations. The comments come on the same day as the release of Bolton’s controversial book, The Room Where It Happened.

When asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians have manipulated the President’s worldview, Bolton asserted there “wasn’t much there to manipulate.”

“I don’t think the President has a worldview. That to me is the central problem. He doesn’t approach national security with a philosophy in mind,” Bolton said. “He doesn’t have a grand strategy, he doesn’t have policies.”

Bolton named Putin and China’s Communist Party leader Xi Jinping as world leaders he believes manipulate the President.

“They do see the President as easy to maneuver around to achieve their objectives,” Bolton said. “I think that’s a very real concern.”

Bolton’s book has stirred up controversy over its content as The Justice Department resorted to legal action to halt the book’s release, saying there was classified information.

On Saturday, the request was denied. However, the Judge, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth, expressed concerns that Bolton “gambled with the national security of the United States” in proceeding with the book’s release.

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In an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Monday, Trump said Bolton should be prosecuted.

“But what he did do is he took classified information, and he published it during a presidency,” Trump said. “I believe that he’s a criminal, and I believe, frankly, he should go to jail for that.”

Allies of the President, like Former Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, have spoken out against Bolton and in support of the Administration’s foreign policy actions.

Bolton has several interviews planned on Tuesday and in the coming days to promote his book and further explain his account of his tenure in the Trump White House.

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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