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
Washington Post reporter Robert Costa also confirmed that Bolton was looking to get his side of the story out when he tweeted that Bolton had sent him a message:
“Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: ‘Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.’”
Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 10, 2019
Bolton reportedly 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 Korea 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.
“It is not clear whether the Camp David meeting factored into Trump’s decision to fire Bolton,” the Post reported.
“Bolton always seemed an unlikely pick to be Trump’s third national security adviser, with a worldview seemingly ill-fitted to the president’s more isolationist ‘America First’ views.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.