US President Donald Trump fired John Bolton, national security adviser, over disagreements on foreign policy issues, Reuters reported.
“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 wrote on his Twitter.
….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
Bolton reportedly was pushing President Trump towards harsher foreign policy line on a number of issues.
Bolton himself also posted on his Twitter, yet his version of events seems to be a little different.
“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
Some have suggested that next Stephen Biegun, US Ambassador in North Korea, may become the new National Security Adviser. “Biegun much more like Pompeo understands that the president is the president, that he makes the decisions,” said a person with knowledge of the matter.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, commented on Bolton’s resignation. “I’m a big fan of John Bolton,” he said. “I’ve worked very well with him, an in my view he did a good job. But ultimately that’s the president’s decision to make. He has the right to have people around him that he wants.”
Bob Menendez, Democratic Senator on the same Committee, argues that Trump only wants people “who basically are yes-men” around him. “I may not have agreed with Ambassador Bolton on a whole host of issues and his bellicose views, but the one thing about him is he obviously presented counterviews at times for his (Trump’s) consideration. That’s not something the president wants.”
John Kennedy, a Republican Senator, told reporters that “the president has the right to surround himself with advisers of his choice.”
“I think everybody who works for the White House – any White House – understands that. I’ve got a lot of respect for Bolton. But what counts is who the president wants to advise him,” Kennedy added.
Bernie Sanders, 2020 Democratic candidate for President, tweeted: “A symptom of the problem is gone. The root cause of authoritarianism remains.”
A symptom of the problem is gone. The root cause of authoritarianism remains. https://t.co/EvXAY0gsPU
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 10, 2019
When asked who would represent the White House when talking to the US allies, Senator Lindsey Graham stated: “Probably Trump.”
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