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Trump Announces Firing of National Security Adviser John Bolton



President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he dismissed national security adviser John Bolton from the administration on Monday night.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump tweeted. “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.”

Bolton came out and offered a different account of what happened, tweeting: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'”

Bolton reportedly told Washington Post reporter Robert Costa: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”

The Washington Post noted that key details in the president’s statement about Bolton do not add up.

“But just an hour before the announcement, the White House announced that Bolton would be appearing at a 1:30 p.m. Eastern time news conference alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin,” The Post reported. “It seems unlikely Bolton would agree to show up after effectively being fired. If Bolton was on his way out as of Monday night, why did the White House press office not seem to know about it at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning?”

The news comes after Trump planned on meeting with the Taliban, which was ultimately canceled after Bolton and others protested, in an attempt to secure a peace deal in Afghanistan.

“The idea raised Sept. 1 during a Situation Room meeting with the president was vehemently opposed by national security adviser John Bolton, even as officials at the State Department argued it could move the parties closer to an agreement,” NBC News reported. “Bolton had an ally in Vice President Mike Pence, who also made the case against a meeting at Camp David, a location Trump suggested.”

“Trump’s impromptu plan to invite leaders of the Afghan insurgent group to the presidential retreat at the same time as the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks set off heated deliberations last week between the members of his national security team, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supporting the move and National Security Advisor John Bolton arguing against it,” Foreign Policy reported. “The internal discussions leading up to the president’s last-minute decision to scrap the meeting this weekend shed light on the evolving dynamic among the members of Trump’s national security team since Defense Secretary Mark Esper was confirmed to the top Pentagon job in July.”

The New York Times added the following details, “But if Mr. Trump’s original national security team was seen as restraining a mercurial new commander in chief, the president found himself sometimes restraining Mr. Bolton. Behind the scenes, he joked about Mr. Bolton’s penchant for confrontation. “If it was up to John, we’d be in four wars now,” one senior official recalled the president saying. Mr. Trump also grew disenchanted with Mr. Bolton over the failed effort to push out President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela.”

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  • Roger says:

    Didn’t surprise me, you discuss with your boss, you do not criticize your boss! John Bolton is a war monger and an idiot, getting rid of his sorry ass was a good move by President Trump! 2020 landslide!

  • EJB says:

    They come and they go- Trump gives them a chance to prove themselves and if they fail – they’re out.

  • Diana says:

    Well I like Bolton he knows those crazy Middle East nuts, knows they are lying backstabbing untrustworthy and China is a danger to our country with North Korea the same can’t play games have to be stronger really he kept treasonous asses like mccabe comey, and others that want America gone way to long still has corrupt Obama people in high places think Trump better be watching his back, and when are these Traitors going to jail or Firing Squad?????

  • Clymer says:

    I support the President on many issues, but meeting with the Taliban, not a good move

    • McDonald says:

      I was happy to see maybe we could get a deal so we can bring our military home but I don’t think the Afghans want us to leave. Everytime we are close to cutting back or getting out something happens with the Taliban…

    • CharlieSeattle says:

      Trump wanted to make the Taliban an ally at Camp David, leave Afghanistan quickly and declare victory.

      Trump will have to wait now until after the serviceman killed in the car bomb is buried,

  • stephen russell says:

    Still do consulting for FBN & FNC, still viable for Public

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Common sense crucified and all the …Yes men stay! Typical.

  • C.L. Cake says:

    The one he needs to fire is the AG if we don’t see some Demoncrats in jail real soon!

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    When America and Israel do not respond to 40 years of Iranian proxy army attacks it is an execution, not a war.

    American and Israeli self defense against these attacks is justified.

    Iran will not be able to defend itself from the full wrath of American and Israeli power.

    It will be an execution, not a war, but on our terms not Iran’s.

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