President Donald Trump was unaware that the UK had its own nuclear weapons, according to the former US national security adviser John Bolton.
Trump is alleged to have made the comments about British military capability at a meeting with former PM Theresa May two years ago.
Mr Bolton said the president was “stunningly uninformed”. He recalls a meeting in 2018 with the then prime minister, Theresa May, at which a British official referred to the UK as a “nuclear power”. Trump replied: “Oh, are you a nuclear power?” in a tone of voice that made Bolton believe it “was not intended as a joke”, according to a Washington Post excerpt from the book.
Mr Bolton’s ‘The Room Where It Happened’ is due to go on sale next week, but the Trump administration is trying to block its publication.
In a tweet, the president described the book as “made up of lies and fake stories”.