President Donald Trump on Tuesday reported he has terminated his hawkish national security advisor John Bolton, saying he disagreed “strongly” with his positions.
“I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump announced on Twitter.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump wrote, saying he would name a replacement next week.
Bolton denied being fired and said he had resigned. The news – coming days after the US president created a scene by uncovering he was dropping mystery converses with Afghanistan’s Taliban – staggered Washington.
Bolton is a veteran and questionable figure firmly connected to the intrusion of Iraq and other forceful international strategy choices. He had been viewed as one of the primary main impetuses in the White House’s solid way to deal with Iran, Venezuela and other trouble spots.
As frequently in the Trump administration, the unexpected reshuffle seemed to contain an element of disorder.
Trump’s tweeted declaration came soon after the White House press office had said Bolton would right away be giving a press conference on terrorism issues alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Bolton himself questioned Trump’s form of occasions, clearly saying that the president had not fired him face to face, as he claimed, late Monday. “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow,” Bolton tweeted.
….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