Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

Donald Trump announced via Twitter this morning that he has fired national security adviser, John Bolton, a well-known war hawk.

From the New York Times:

President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.

Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter. “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.”

His departure comes as Mr. Trump is pursuing diplomatic openings with two of the United States’ most intractable enemies, efforts that have troubled hard-liners in the administration, like Mr. Bolton, who view North Korea and Iran as profoundly untrustworthy.

Bolton was Trump’s 3rd National Security Advisor following Michael Flynn and H. R. McMaster, both of who also were asked to tender their resignations. Bolton joined the Trump administration April 9 2018.

According to Newsweek, Bolton opposed the idea of Trump meeting with Taliban leaders this week at Camp David. There are also reports that he “clashed” with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for months to the point that the two men haven’t spoken for some time.

Bolton says he technically ‘resigned’ and was not fired.

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