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Trump fires John Bolton as national security adviser
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired his National Security Adviser, John Bolton, over claims of having ”strong disagreement with many of his suggestions as did others”.
The US president made the announcement through his official Twitter handle
“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,” Trump tweeted.
….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
Trump said in the tweet that he would be naming a new National Security Adviser next week.
Confirming the announcement shortly after Trump’s tweet, Bolton took to his Twitter own handle and said that he offered to resign but the President said they should talk the following day.
“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow’,” he tweeted.
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bolton was named Trump’s third NSA in April 2018 after the departure of General Herbert Raymond McMaster.
Inside the administration, he advocated caution on the president’s talks with North Korea and against Trump’s decision last year to pull US troops out of Syria.
He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince Trump to keep US forces in Syria to counter any Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.
Bolton served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006 as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush.
According to a CNN report last week, there were tensions between top figures on Trump’s national security team which had devolved into all-out hostility, creating a deep disconnect between staffers on the National Security Council, led by Bolton, and the rest of the administration, six people familiar with the matter said.