President Donald Trump is still fielding questions about former National Security Advisor John Bolton who resigned yesterday amid talk of dissension between himself and the president.
“John wasn’t in line with what we were doing and actually in some cases he thought it was too tough what we were doing,” Trump told reporters after a White House meeting on vaping according to The New York Post.
“Mr. Tough Guy, you know, you had to go into Iraq. Going into Iraq was something he felt very strongly about,” Trump went on.
According to the president, Bolton, who was his third national security adviser, suggest that the United States take “the Libyan model” as a way of forcing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un to negotiate.
“Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi gave up much of his arsenal and let weapons inspectors into his country — but was later killed during the Arab Spring uprisings that were backed by the US,” the Post reported.
Trump said that his “Libyan model” remark was “not a good statement to make” because it angered Kim, whom Trump refers to as a “friend.”
“As soon as he mentioned that, the Libyan model, what a disaster. Take a look at what happened to Gadhafi,” Trump said.
“I don’t blame Kim Jong Un for what he said after that. And he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. And that’s not a question of being tough. That’s a question of being not smart to say something like that. And it set us back,” the president continued.
The president also had some kind words for his former administration official, however:
“He’s somebody that I actually had a very good relationship with, but he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important,” he said according to the Post.
“So, John is somebody that I actually got along with very well. He made some very big mistakes.”
Bolton has been consistently in the news since Trump announced on Tuesday morning via Twitter that 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
Written by Savannah Pointer.