Former national security adviser John Bolton on Friday accused the White House of having blocked access to his personal Twitter account for more than two months.
Returning to Twitter for the first time since September, Bolton said he was “speaking up.”
“[S]ince resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account. Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!”
It is not immediately clear how the White House would have blocked access to a personal Twitter account.
Trump denied any such action during a morning call-in interview on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” after host Brian Kilmeade asked him, “Did you guys freeze his account?”
“No, of course not,” Trump responded. “Of course not. No, I actually had a good relationship with John. We disagreed on some things and some methods, but I actually had a good relationship. No, I didn’t do that. No, I didn’t even know that.”
At the time of the interview, Bolton had announced his return to Twitter in a separate tweet but not publicly accused the White House of freezing his account.
Bolton departed the White House in September amid disagreements with Trump on several major policy issues.
A person close to Bolton, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the tweets were sent by him.
Bolton has rebuffed efforts by House investigators to testify in the impeachment inquiry.
Bolton’s lawyer, Charles Cooper, said this month that Bolton was “part of many relevant meetings and conversations” pertaining to the impeachment inquiry but that he would appear before Congress only if a judge orders him to do so.