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Donald Trump compared his courtship of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to dating and “always wanted to be the one who broke up with the girl first”, his former national security adviser John Bolton has claimed.

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Bolton’s memoir, published on Tuesday, is potentially the most devastating account yet written by a member of a sitting president’s inner circle. The White House sought to halt publication of the book but a judge refused to block its release, saying it was too late for a restraining order.

Bolton was castigated by the judge for his treatment of classified material and Trump has threatened to go after profits from the book while hinting at

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