Utah Sen. Mitt Romney once again parted ways with President Donald Trump, saying he was “unhappy” to hear about the president’s decision to ask for former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s resignation.
“His view was not always the same as everybody else in the room. That’s why you wanted him there,” said Romney according to The Hill.The fact that he was a contrarian from time to time is an asset, not a liability.”
“I’m very very unhappy to hear that he’s leaving. It is a huge loss for the administration in my opinion and for the nation,” Romney added.
The former Republican presidential candidate made his comments to reporters on Tuesday, just hours after the president tweeted that Bolton had been relieved of his position.
The White House announced on Tuesday, just hours after the president said that Bolton was resigning, that it was replacing him with Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Kupperman, who will work as acting director of the key intelligence agency, The New York Post reported.
Kupperman, 68, is no stranger to White House politics or national security, having served in former President Ronald Reagan’s administration in the 1980s and held positions with both defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Boeing, according to the Post.
The recently promoted security advisor was appointed to his former position in January and is taking over Bolton’s duties following his former boss’s departure.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley made the announcement about Kupperman’s new position outside the White House, saying Bolton’s “priorities and policies just don’t line up with” Trump’s.
“There is no one issue here … they just didn’t align on many issues,” he said.
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday morning via Twitter that National Security Advisor John Bolton would be leaving his position in the White House.
“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,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “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
The president and Bolton had reportedly had several outspoken differences of opinion, according to The New York Post, including on issues concerning North Korea and Afghanistan.
“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,’” Bolton wrote on Twitter mere minutes after the president’s announcement
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bolton strongly opposed a decision by the president that would allow the Taliban to be invited to Camp David. The president later canceled that plan, according to the Post, but the frustration between the pair didn’t dissipate.
Additionally, Trump and Bolton had also disagreed on how to deal with North Kora with Bolton, a foreign policy hardliner, taking a very dark view of Kim Jong Un’s resumption of missile tests, something that the president seemed less concerned with.
Written by Savannah Pointer.