President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he has fired National Security Adviser John Bolton. The friction between them has been heating up for a while over North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia but the deal with the Taliban that blew apart over the weekend appears to have been the final straw.
“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.”
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
President Trump wasn’t about to let John Bolton pressure him into a war with Iran, North Korea, or anyone else. If it was up to the chief spook, Bolton would have nuked them all into glass parking lots by now.
“I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration,” the President tweeted. He recently remarked, “I’m the one that tempers him. That’s okay. I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him.”
The incident that caused President Trump to give Bolton the ax was when he criticized the President’s plans to meet with both the Taliban and the top leaders of Afghanistan’s government at Camp David over the weekend. “Simply put, many of Bolton’s policy priorities did not align with POTUS,” a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
Bolton didn’t like Trump’s plans to pull half the troops out of the region and turning security over to Afghanistan. The talks fell apart when an al-qaeda offshoot took credit for a bombing in Kabul during an agreed cease fire. President Trump slammed them for the move, noting that it proved they couldn’t negotiate in good faith.
The rest of the administration is behind the President’s decision. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement saying, “the president is entitled to the staff he wants.” There were “many times” when Pompeo disagreed with Bolton but that was nothing unusual. “That’s true of a lot of people I interacted with.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin assures the public that even though Bolton is gone, the administration will keep the “maximum pressure” on Iran. They are working on setting up a one-on-one between President Trump and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani at next month’s U.N. General Assembly.
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