A replacement for National Security Adviser John Bolton could be announced in the next few days, and President Trump has said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not in line for the job.
There are several interested people for the position, “very highly qualified, good people, I’ve gotten to know over the last three years,” said the president. A lot of people want the job. It’s a great job,” he said. “It’s great because it’s a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump. And it’s very easy actually to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions.”
There were whispers after Bolton was fired that the Secretary of State would replace Bolton. The president told reporters at the White House on Sept. 12 before he left for Baltimore, “I actually spoke to Mike Pompeo about that and he decided—I get along with him so well, we have a lot of the same views, couple of different views—but he likes the idea of having someone in there with him,” Trump said.
The president tweeted on Sept. 9, “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. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new national security adviser next week.”
Bolton was ousted from his position by the president, who said he had “disagreed strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions as a national security adviser, “as did others in the administration.” The president and Bolton often clashed on their foreign policy views, and it all seemed to boil over when the president canceled plans to have talks with the Taliban at Camp David. The meeting was scheduled for just a few days before the 18th anniversary of the 2001 Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and Bolton was vocal in his opposition to the cancellation, reports The Hill.
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), received an assurance from the president on Sept. 12, that if “the direction of policy changes it won’t be to make it weaker.” Rubio also said he had spoken with the president about Venezuela, and he told him he disagreed with Bolton on many issues, but that his views are “the DIRECT OPPOSITE of what many claim or assume.”
Trump tweeted that his own “views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!” “And it set us back, and frankly he wanted to do things—not necessarily tougher than me—You know John’s known as a tough guy. He’s so tough he got us into Iraq … but he’s actually somebody I had a very good relationship with. But he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important,” Trump told reporters.
To sum it up, “John wasn’t in line with what we were doing,” said President Trump.