President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Sept. 10, ousted national security adviser John Bolton over disagreements on key policy matters.
The president tweeted he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. He says Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning.
Trump tweeted that he “disagreed strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions, “as did others in the administration.”
“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,” Trump said.
Trump said Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday and that he would tap a new national security adviser 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 Adviser next week,” Trump added.
….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
President Trump revealed he will name Bolton’s successor “next week.”
Shortly after the announcement by President Trump, Bolton tweeted offering his resignation on Monday night, to which the outgoing White House official replied, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bolton, appointed in March 2018, was Trump’s third national security adviser.
There were numerous reports of tensions between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concerning the main foreign policy initiatives of President Trump, including the now crumbling peace agreement with Afghanistan’s Taliban and nuclear talks with North Korea.
Bolton, a noted hawk on North Korea as a private analyst, was famously touring Mongolia when President Trump made a surprise visit this summer at the border between North and South Korea with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Bolton reportedly argued against the proposed deal, which President Trump weighed with the Taliban of Afghanistan and said that the Pentagon could begin Trump’s withdrawal from the country without reaching a deal with the radical Islamic terrorist movement, according to Washington Times.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) praised President Trump following the news of Bolton’s ouster, tweeting: “I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views.”
I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views. https://t.co/XEBwzySxac
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 10, 2019