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Editorial

Bolton’s Revelations about Trump and Erdogan and the Danger for Greece and Cyprus

Many colleagues of presidents have stabbed their bosses in the back, writing books with damaging revelations about them for a high fee.

But never have so many disgusting books and articles been published about a sitting president by his former top associates as about President Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you want to ignore it, even if you don't like the author, you can't ignore the new book by John R. Bolton, which will be released this week. It is already on Amazon’s best sellers list despite the President's desperate efforts to block its publication.

And it can't be ignored for two reasons: first, because Bolton is no leftist and, second, because he was the National Security Adviser to the President. He was in the room, as the title indicates: The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.

Bolton previously served in the government of Ronald Wilson Reagan and was the United States’ UN Ambassador under George W. Bush. For years, he was one of the most prominent supporters of a tougher foreign policy in Washington, as could be seen from his articles in the WSJ.

Bolton, whom Trump called a "liar," makes very serious revelations from what we learn from the Washington Post and the New York Times, which obtained copies of the book.

And indeed the damage he is doing to the President is great.

The revelations are many and shocking.

Perhaps the worst thing is that he offered no opposition to the Chinese president to build concentration camps for about a million people.

"According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which he thought was exactly the right thing to do," Bolton wrote in the book. Bolton also revealed Trump’s ignorance of important but well-known matters – he did not know that Great Britain has nuclear weapons, or that Finland is an independent country… Well, that is scary.

But the book also hits closer to home for us, on Greek issues. The revelations were not unknown, but when the former National Security Adviser to the President makes them, they take on another dimension.

According to Bolton, a special relationship has been established between Trump and Erdogan, through an underground channel comprised of their sons-in-law.

This is usually attributed to the fact that Trump likes authoritarian leaders such as Putin, Xi, and Erdogan.

But it can't be just that. And it cannot just be about political and philosophical orientations and concerns.

Personal interests must be in the middle.

But whatever the reason, the point is that Erdogan is taking action in the Mediterranean region with Trump's tolerance – at least. And this cannot but include the provocations that are so dangerous for the security of Greece and Cyprus.

So, after all, the risk, at least until November, is greater than it seemed – or that we wanted to see.

We must take action.

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