John Bolton out as Nat. Security Advisor, and trouble out of the gates

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And just like that, National Security Adviser John Bolton is no more.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter just before noon that he asked for and received Bolton’s resignation, saying that he “strongly” disagreed with Bolton on many things.

“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.”

While Trump’s critics in the media will have a field day criticizing the chaotic nature of his administration, this is the same cabal that disliked John Bolton and criticized the president for selecting him.

Case in point:

Bolton was reportedly scheduled to appear at a 1:30 p.m. briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuch.

He was Trump’s third national security adviser.

CSPAN shared a video of Bolton on the phone Tuesday morning outside the West Wing of the White House.

The New York Times reported the move comes “amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.”

Washington Post reporter John Dawsey tweeted that Bolton frustrated White House aides with his travel demands and that his tensions with others included Pompeo.

Bolton didn’t go quietly, as he took to Twitter soon after Trump’s tweet to insist: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'”

But many say they’ve seen the move coming:

As to be expected, the reaction over the news, and conflicting stories, is pouring in:

Tom Tillison


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