US president Donald Trump has fired his national security adviser John with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a variety of other global challenges. Bolton was Trump’s third NSA after Michael Flynn and HR McMaster.
“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,” read a tweet from Donald Trump.
“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,” added the president.
Bolton, however, said in a tweet that he had offered his resignation on Monday night and Trump said, “let’s talk about it tomorrow”.
The departure comes at a trying moment for the Trump administration on the world stage, weeks before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and as the president faces pressing decisions on a host of foreign policy issues.
In recent months, tensions have risen between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over influence in the president’s orbit and how to manage the president’s desire to negotiate with some of the world’s most unsavoury actors.
Bolton held a press briefing with Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin later on Tuesday.
During that briefing, Pompeo said there were definitely policy areas where he had different views from Bolton on how to proceed.
Bolton, a leading foreign policy hawk, was widely known to have pressed the president for a harder line on issues such as North Korea. Also a chief architect of Trump’s strong stance on Iran, Bolton had advocated a tougher approach on Russia and Afghanistan.
Most recently, there was reportedly significant disagreement within the administration over Trump’s decision to host a now-cancelled meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David.
US Senator Lindsey Graham, who was travelling with Trump on Monday, said reports of Bolton’s dissent on the Taliban meeting was a “bridge too far” for Trump.
Bolton and the National Security Council staff were also viewed warily by some in the White House as more attuned to their own agendas than the president’s – and some administration aides have accused Bolton’s staff of being behind leaks of information embarrassing to Trump.
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