Trump fires national security adviser; John Bolton says he resigned

Wednesday, 11 Sep, 2019

Top Trump officials hold news conference hold news conference after National Security Adviser John Bolton's departure.

Trump tweeted that he "disagreed strongly" with many of Bolton's suggestions, "as did others in the administration".

While at the United Nations, the former governor of SC was an astute advocate for Trump's foreign policy, using forceful language against North Korea, Syria and Iran.

Bolton joins a stack of senior officials to have come and gone during the Republican businessman's tumultuous first term in office.

According to reporting from The Washington Post, Bolton had opposed these talks, preferring a unilateral, partial withdrawal of US forces.

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Bolton has supported a strong military-centered position in foreign policy since the 1980s when he served under President Ronald Reagan.

Shortly after the president's tweets were published, Bolton tweeted that he offered to resign on Monday night. "I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week".

But when he was asked if the President's National Security Team was "a mess" Mnuchin responded "Absolutely not" and said it was the most ridiculous question he'd ever heard.

Trump's North Korea envoy, Stephen Biegun, is among the names floated as possible successors.

- September 7, 2019: Trump cancels what he calls a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan leaders, following a Taliban bombing in Kabul that killed 12 people, including one American soldier. CNN reported that Bolton clashed with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and also feuded with Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. In a series of Tweets Tuesday afternoon, Trump said the pair had had numerous difference of opinion, and that it was time to end the relationship. He said that he'd informed Bolton of his decision Monday night. Bolton was often seen as offering a hawkish counterbalance, which Trump would then take into consideration.

The single biggest factor in getting Bolton the job was Sheldon Adelson, whose weighty political checkbook has won him much influence over Trump's policies.