In a surprising decision, President Trump announced on Twitter that he had asked for Bolton's resignation on Monday night, saying he had "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions."
The latest from the White House is that President Donald Trump has formally dismissed national security adviser John Bolton after a string of disagreements on Tuesday. Bolton was one of the most aggressive voices in Trump's inner cabinet on several pressing issues, including Taliban negotiations and China trade talks. The announcement was made by the POTUS on his Twitter page as he asked for Bolton's resignation on Monday night claiming that he had "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions."
“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,” Trump said on Twitter.
....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
Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesperson said that President Trump had asked for Bolton's resignation on Monday night and received it the very next day. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump and Bolton had not spoken on Tuesday. However, Bolton did say in a tweet that he had offered to resign himself on Monday night, to which he claims the President apparently responded that they would "talk about it tomorrow". Now that's rather odd as it clashes with the statements of the President himself. Surely a further investigation is warranted here.
TONIGHT: Did Trump fire national security adviser John Bolton or did Bolton resign? pic.twitter.com/8sb8Ue4rNe— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 11, 2019
BOLTON IS TEXTING FOX HOSTS WHO ARE ON AIR TO DISPUTE TRUMP'S ACCOUNT OF HIS FIRING— Lis Power (@LisPower1) September 10, 2019
Kilmeade: "John Bolton just texted me, just now, he's watching. He said, 'let's be clear, I resigned.'" pic.twitter.com/2zg8tPTf6L
“I offered to resign last night," Bolton told NBC News via text message. "He never asked for it, directly or indirectly. I slept on it, and resigned this morning.” He also denied reports that he and Trump had gotten into a heated argument Monday night over the president’s plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David. Though this information was slowly being disclosed to senior members in Trump's cabinet, some National Security Council officials were themselves unaware and were caught off guard by Bolton's firing, learning about it only when it started to appear on TV screens as breaking news.
#AmericaFirst- Bolton served this President well and we thank him for his service. A new Nat’l Security Adviser will be chosen by @POTUS… who will execute his strategies & vision with the same success and commitment to Mr. Trump's values and vision as John Bolton. #MAGA #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/mXZT4FkqcB— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 11, 2019
Earlier this weekend, some reports emerged saying that Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had a disagreement over Trump's Camp David plan. This seemed to be the last straw for Bolton's presence in the White House, according to two people familiar with the goings-on in Capitol Hill. On Monday, Vice President Pence posted a tweet saying that these reports were fake news, however when Bolton didn't affirm the same thing to the public, Pence said that it upset Trump.
Tuesday morning's White House press statement about John Bolton's participation at an afternoon event exposes Donald Trump's false story about firing Bolton Monday night. pic.twitter.com/z3dto8D3Gn— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) September 11, 2019
Another person who claims to bee familiar with this breakdown between Trump and Bolton said that the President didn't want Bolton to attend the UN General Assembly with him, scheduled to be held in New York later this month. When White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was asked whether the disagreement between the two men was because of the Taliban talks, she replied with "There were several issues, they had policy disagreements and there was no final straw". Well, that would mean this dismissal was indeed a long time in the making.
- Pence blows Trump's con by staying at Trump resort— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 11, 2019
- Trump (or Pence) leaks that they're feuding over 2024
- Pence & Bolton leak that they hated Taliban plan
- Trump fires Pence's guy Bolton
- Trump tweets "Trump 2024" sign
Do the math. This is one big Trump vs Pence war.
But speaking on the condition of anonymity, one official said Afghanistan “broke open the bottom of the bag” in a relationship that had been eroding. Another official confirmed that sharp disagreement over the Afghanistan deal was the final issue that ruptured the relationship. So assessing these various pieces of information given to us from multiple sources, we may deduce that their relationship was indeed slowly turning sour over the weeks and months, and this particular disagreement over the Taliban issue may have indeed been the 'last straw' contrary to Grisham's statement.
There’s plenty of analysis of what happened to Bolton and why. But the fact is this: the proximate cause of Bolton’s firing was that he objected to Trump inviting the Taliban to Camp David. Trump wants aides who won’t object to appeasing dictators and capitulating to our enemies.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 11, 2019
Bolton's skepticism of negotiations with the Taliban was widely known within the administration. With the 2020 elections itching ever closer, US negotiators have been working under Trump's demand to ensure that a drawdown occurs before November next year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked if this dismissal was shocking in any way, to which he replied that he wasn't startled and that "I'm never surprised. And I don’t mean that on just this issue,"
POTUS considered Bolton— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 11, 2019
*Insufficiently pro-North Korea
Trump wanted to play “Let’s Make A Deal” with those who hate America the most.
Bolton is not Monty Hall. https://t.co/Ssb5Kg3J68
Trump himself had some pretty strong statements to say about his former national security advisor. When asked about their differences, Trump said in a "Meet the Press" interview earlier this summer that "Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he'd take on the whole world at one time, OK? But that doesn't matter, because I want both sides."
Not everyone took to the news of Bolton's dismissal happily though. Senator Mitt Romey (R-Utah) said that Bolton's departure was a "huge loss" for the country. "His view was not always the same as everybody else in the room, that’s why you wanted him there,” Romney told reporters. “The fact that he was a contrarian from time to time is an asset, not a liability.”
All three of Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisers are in the news today:— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 10, 2019
- John Bolton, because Trump just fired him
- Michael Flynn, because he’s finally going to prison
- HR McMaster, who hates his life right now
It has been reported that the President will name a new national security adviser sometime next week. Deputy national security adviser Charlie Kupperman would replace Bolton as the acting national security adviser until then. Among the ones who are highly likely to be chosen are Ricky Waddel, a former deputy national security adviser who is currently an assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Brian Hook, a seasoned diplomat who is currently the State Department's point person on Iran; and Keith Kellogg, the current national security adviser to the Vice President. "Those are three names the president mentioned to me," Senator Lindsey Graham said on FOX news. "There are others on the list, but what are we looking for? Somebody that can work with Pompeo, work with the Department of Defense to get the inner agency back — stood back up."
Trump Departures— The Resistance 🇺🇸 (@NightlyPolitics) September 10, 2019