Donald Trump on Tuesday asked John Bolton to quit as national security adviser with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.
Donald Trump tweeted that he told Bolton on Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House and Bolton submitted his resignation Tuesday morning.
John Bolton responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign Monday “and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'”
Donald Trump said that he had “disagreed strongly” with many of John Bolton’s suggestions as national security adviser, “as did others in the administration.”
Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, John Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president’s whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and has advocated against Trump’s decision last year to pull US troops out of Syria.
John Bolton masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to persuade Trump to keep US forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.
John Bolton was also opposed to Donald Trump’s now-scrapped notion to bring Taliban negotiators to Camp David last weekend to try to finalize a peace deal in Afghanistan.
In recent months, tensions have risen between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over influence in the president’s orbit and how to manage the president’s desire to negotiate with some of the world’s most unsavory actors.
John Bolton was named Donald Trump’s third national security adviser in March 2018 after the departure of Army Gen HR McMaster.
Donald Trump said that he would name a replacement for John Bolton next week.
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