National Security Adviser John Bolton Fired By President Trump

By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter

September 10, 2019

President Trump Holds A Cabinet Meeting At The White House

National Security Adviser John Bolton was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday after the president said he and others in his administration "disagreed with many of [Bolton's] suggestions."

"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore ... I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week," Trump wrote on Twitter.

The announcement was made about 90 minutes before Bolton was scheduled to appear with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a press briefing.

Moments after Trump announced the resignation on Twitter, Bolton offered his own version of events, writing that he'd "offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow.""

Bolton has had a turbulent tenure while acting as Trump's national security adviser, repeatedly clashing with other administration officials. According to the Washington Post, Bolton had been sidelined recently after he had voiced discontent with Trump's attempts to end the war in Afghanistan. Bolton had reported voiced doubts about the president's secret plan to host peace talks with the Taliban on the week of 9/11 at Camp David. He's long been considered a foreign policy hawk, who has advocated regime change in places like Syria, Libya, and Iran.

Trump appointed Bolton as national security adviser in a tweet sent in March 2018 after Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster retired after repeated disagreements with Trump.

Trump said he intended to name a new national security adviser within the "next week."

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