On Tuesday, President Trump announced that he had fired his national security adviser, John Bolton.
Trump tweeted, “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.”
However, Bolton is telling a different version of the event.
In response, he tweeted, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
Bolton told The New York Times that he “offered his resignation last night without his asking. Slept on it and gave it to him this morning.”
Regardless of how the events went down, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bolton is leaving the White House.
Bolton was always a surprising pick for the job given Trump’s aversion to foreign conflicts. Bolton is far more hawkish with regards to his views on foreign intervention.
Trump is averse to such conflicts.
Bolton was a staunch supporter of the Iraq war, while Trump was a loud critic of the war.
Trump and Bolton have clashed on many different fronts during the time that Bolton has been in the administration.
John Bolton was not supportive of Trump meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un. He doesn’t trust the Kim regime, whereas Trump is willing to use personal diplomacy with the North Korean dictator.
So far, Trump has gotten nothing from the North Koreans. The Kim regime still possesses nuclear weapons and continue to test-fire short-range missiles, something that Kim told Trump he would cease doing.
Last weekend, President Trump announced that he had called off talks with the Taliban and Afghan government at Camp David.
That appears to have been the last straw for Bolton. He strongly disagreed with Trump’s decision to hold the meeting in the first place, especially during the week that America remembers the victims from September 11th, 2001. That regime was responsible for providing a base for Al Qaeda to train and prepare for the attacks on 9/11. The optics didn’t look good.
The New York Times reported, “At its core, the schism reflected a deep-seated philosophical difference that has characterized the Trump presidency. While given to bellicose language, Mr. Trump came to the office deeply skeptical of overseas military adventures and promising negotiations to resolve volatile conflicts. Mr. Bolton, however, has been one of Washington’s most outspoken hawks and unapologetic advocates of American power to defend the country’s interests.”
Some people both inside and outside of the administration felt more comfortable with Bolton being there to advise Trump. Some felt that Trump could be charmed into signing a bad deal with North Korea or Iran. Those people believed that John Bolton would be blunt with the president if he felt it was a deal that would put American’s national interests at risk.
John Bolton had become a fixture on Fox News as a national security contributor to the network. He served in the Reagan and Bush administrations. He served as a former Under Security of State and United Nations Ambassador under George W. Bush.
Although he is no longer in the Trump administration, we have likely not seen the last of John Bolton.