In a somewhat shocking and surprise announcement, President Trump has ousted long-time supporter and confidant, John Bolton as his national security advisor.
As is the President’s typical “MO” Trump made the announcement in a series of tweets in which he expressed that he and the controversial aide “disagreed strongly” on matters of foreign policy.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump wrote.
“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,” the president continued, adding that he will name a new national security adviser sometime next week.
But, according to Yahoo News, Bolton, who was supposed to appear at a White House briefing later Tuesday afternoon alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, told a different story.
“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,'” Bolton said.
Bolton’s departure follows a series of foreign policy conflicts between the hawkish former United Nations envoy and the Commander-in-Chief — who has sought to deescalate tensions with Iran and North Korea, while Bolton has long pursued a more aggressive stance toward America’s adversaries.
Recent reports have also indicated Bolton had been largely sidelined in White House talks seeking to navigate an end to the war in Afghanistan, which imploded over the weekend after Trump announced he had aborted a planned round of negotiations at Camp David with Taliban leaders and the Afghan president.
Reactions To Bolton’s Departure
Reactions on Capitol Hill to Bolton’s exit came swiftly from Republican lawmakers, with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) heralding him as “a brilliant man” whose resignation constituted “an extraordinary loss” for the United States.
“I’m very very unhappy to hear that he’s leaving,” Romney said, praising Bolton’s “contrarian” sensibilities as “an asset, not a liability.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a top ally to Trump and occasional counselor on foreign policy, complimented Bolton as someone who “sees the world for what it is,” but stressed the importance of the “personal relationship” between the president and the national security adviser.
“I appreciate what John Bolton had done for the country for a long period of time, and now the president can pick a national security adviser he has more confidence in,” Graham said.
Bolton is the third national security adviser of Trump’s presidency.