Photo: AP, Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
Bolton and Trump
Photo: AP, Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Trump fires national security adviser, says 'his services no longer needed'

The president says him and John Bolton 'disagreed strongly' on many issues and he will name a new candidate for his position sometime next week; Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he has fired his National Security Adviser John Bolton.



"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," the president wrote on his Twitter account.


Bolton and Trump (Photo: AP, Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem)
Bolton and Trump (Photo: AP, Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem)


"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 responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign Monday "and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"


Bolton's ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House. Just an hour before Trump's tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a briefing.


One Republican familiar with the disagreements between Trump and Bolton said the adviser's opposition to a possible meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was a precipitating factor in the dismissal. French President Emmanuel Macron has been trying to broker such a meeting, possibly on the sidelines of the upcoming U.N. General Assembly, in the hope of salvaging the international Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from.


 (Photo: MCT)
(Photo: MCT)


Bolton was always an unlikely pick to be Trump's third national security adviser, with a world view seemingly ill-fit to the president's isolationist "America First" pronouncements.


He's espoused hawkish foreign policy views dating back to the Reagan administration and became a household name over his vociferous support for the Iraq War as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush. Bolton even briefly considered running for president in 2016, in part to make the case against the isolationism that Trump would come to embody.


Inside the administration he advocated caution on the president's whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and against Trump's decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.


Bolton was named Trump's third national security adviser in April 2018 after the departure of Army Gen. H.R. McMaster. 


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