Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton, Saying His Services Are ‘No Longer Needed’
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he has fired his national security adviser, John Bolton.
Trump asked for Bolton’s resignation on Monday, Trump said, making the announcement in a series of two tweets. He added that he will be naming a new adviser to take Bolton’s spot next week.
….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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
“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,” Trump wrote. “I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
Trump was vague on what issues led to his requesting Bolton’s resignation, but there were a number of foreign policy topics that the two did not see eye-to-eye on.
On two very important foreign policy subjects, Bolton and Trump have butted heads, the New York Times has reported in the past.
On Iran, for example, Trump has said he’s not interested in seeing regime change in that country. Meanwhile, Bolton has said he supports that goal.
On the issue of North Korea, Trump and his national security adviser have disagreed on the topic of missile tests exercised by the regime. Bolton has stated short-range missile tests violated United Nations resolutions, while Trump has dismissed such assertions.
While the two were often in opposition with each other, many saw the partnership between Trump and Bolton as beneficial to the president’s overall aims, including Mark Dubowitz, chief executive at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish foreign policy think tank.
“Bolton is useful for him,” Dubowitz told the New York Times. “Bolton is the uber hawk from central casting…Both [Iran and North Korea] have gone after him — I think Bolton loves it, and I think the president does, too. It opens up some diplomatic space for him to go back and forth between a very hard-line position and holding talks.”