President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired John Bolton, as national security adviser. The president tweeted Monday night—”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.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who’s also part of the national security team and the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave a statement and answered questions at the White House on Tuesday, Sept. 10, regarding the matter. Pence made it very clear the president is well within his rights to fire Bolton. “So last night the president asked for Ambassador Bolton’s resignation. As I understand it it was received this morning,” said Pence.
He said he will “leave to the president to talk about the reasons he made the decision”. Also adding “the president’s entitled to the staff that he wants at any moment”. Pence said any staff who work for President Trump should be those people he trusts and values. He also said those staff member’s efforts and judgments should benefit the president in delivering American foreign policy. “It’s what as Cabinet members Secretary Mnuchin and I try and do each and every day and when the president makes a decision like this, he’s well within his rights to do so,” said Pence.
Addressing questions on U.S. foreign policy with Iran and whether it would reconsider Bolton’s departure, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters the Trump administration is aligned in pursuing a maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic regime. He said,
“I would say Secretary Pompeo and myself and the president are completely aligned on our maximum pressure campaign. I think you know we’ve done more sanctions on Iran than anybody. And it’s absolutely working. Now the president has made clear he is happy to take a meeting with no preconditions but we are maintaining the maximum pressure campaign.”
Also White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Charles Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser, and a former Reagan administration official and defense contracting executive, would fill Bolton’s role on an acting basis.
He spoke to reporters at the White House saying one of the main reason Bolton was let go, was “his priorities and policies just don’t line up with the president. And any sitting president has the right to put someone in that position that can carry out his agenda.”
Bolton was named Trump’s third national security adviser in March 2018 after the departure of Army Gen. H.R. McMaster. President Trump said that he had “disagreed strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions as a national security adviser, “as did others in the administration.”