WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that John Bolton will be leaving his position as national security adviser.
- Bolton’s aggressive foreign policies and eagerness for war frequently clashed with Trump’s own approach to military intervention.
- Trump explained that he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration.”
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that John Bolton will be leaving his position as national security adviser.
The president declared via Twitter: “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.”
Bolton’s aggressive foreign policies and apparent eagerness for war have earned him a lot of critics and frequently clashed with Trump’s own approach to military intervention.
Trump continued, “I thank John very much for his service.” He declared that he will name Bolton’s replacement next week. In the meantime, Charlie Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser under Bolton, will fill in as acting adviser.
Bolton claimed via Twitter that he offered to resign on Monday evening but Trump replied, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
According to The Daily Beast, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham criticized Bolton’s claim of voluntary resignation when Trump had, in fact, demanded his resignation.
Trump’s allies approved of his decision. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called it a “necessary action,” while former Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) simply said, “Good riddance.”
Bolton had several disagreements with the president earlier this year.
Back in June, the president told reporters, “I disagree very much with John Bolton. His attitude in the Middle East and Iraq — was going into Iraq. I think that was a big mistake and I’ve been proven right.”
Bolton has long advocated for military action in Iran, while Trump called a retaliatory military strike a disproportionate response.
On “Meet the Press,” Trump was asked if his advisers pressured him into taking military action. He responded, “I have two groups of people: I have doves and I have hawks. John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him, he’d take on the whole world at one time.”
Bolton reportedly spoiled a potential summit between the Trump administration and Taliban leaders, where the leaders would have discussed a potential peace plan.
Bolton also called for a preemptive strike on North Korea before joining Trump’s administration. In contrast, the president often promoted his diplomatic relationship with the country as one of his presidency’s major successes. Bolton’s absence was notable when Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June.