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.”
….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
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:
Strange morning for me as the person I like least in the world humiliated a famous war criminal.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) September 10, 2019
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.
From earlier today (8:44am ET), John Bolton talking on the phone outside the West Wing of the White House. pic.twitter.com/f9Q9oMEFqX
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 10, 2019
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.'”
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
But many say they’ve seen the move coming:
This shouldn't shock anybody who's been paying attention.
I think Bolton was on his way out (in Trump's mind) ever since the Iran debacle. In my opinion, it was likely Bolton who told Trump to attack Iran after Iran shot down our drone.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 10, 2019
As to be expected, the reaction over the news, and conflicting stories, is pouring in:
John Bolton and President Trump got into a bitter argument last night over the president’s plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David, two people tell me.
It’s unclear if it was on the phone or in person.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 10, 2019
Ambassador Bolton to me just now: “I will have my say in due course. But I have given you the facts on the resignation. My sole concern is US national security.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 10, 2019
Interesting to see how many reporters Bolton has on speed dial for texting and what not.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 10, 2019
If you’re surprised by the Bolton news, you weren’t paying attention to anything Trump said about his national security vision during the 2016 campaign. What should’ve surprised you was a Bolton pick to begin with.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) September 10, 2019
Bolton blew up the Hanoi summit with Kim, pushed for airstrikes on Iran, completely botched the attempted Venezuela coup, undermined the Syria troop withdrawal, demanded endless war in Afghanistan. And that's just in the past 9 months. The guy is a total lunatic
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 10, 2019
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) September 10, 2019
3. Bolton is now tweeting. This may get very messy. https://t.co/XhkFTgKp5O
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 10, 2019
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