On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump fired National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Justifying his action, Trump said that he and others in the administration “strongly disagreed” with many of Bolton’s suggestions. He will name his fourth NSA next week.
Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, had been at odds with the president on many issues such as North Korea talks, Iran and, most recently, on the peace talks with the Taliban and a meeting at Camp David, presidential retreat, which the US president called off last week, and has since declared them “dead” as far he was concerned.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump wrote on Twitter, announcing yet another personnel change on the social media site. “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.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be counted among the “others” referred to be the president who also differed with Bolton — the two were on opposite sides of the Taliban peace talks. And Bolton’s exit is being seen as a victory for Pompeo, who is closely aligned with Trump on most foreign policy issues.
But Bolton followed up the announcement with his own tweet, disputing the president’s version of his exit: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow’.” This was seen as a sign of things to come that Bolton, unlike others fired by Trump, will push back and may have more to say.