WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump has fired John R. Bolton, his national security adviser, amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy.
White House national security adviser John Bolton resigned on Tuesday at the request of President. Trump said he called for the resignation due to numerous policy disagreements.
“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.”
President Trump said he would appoint a replacement “next week.” Setting off speculation on what the president’s foreign policy will be before next year’s election.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
In the meantime, a White House spokesman said Charles M. Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser, would serve in an acting capacity.
Many Happy to See Bolton Go
Mr. Bolton was supposed to appear alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. But Mr. Bolton left the White House, and the briefing proceeded without him.
Mr. Pompeo, who has feuded with Mr. Bolton for months, shed no tears about the president’s decision. “He should have people he trusts and values,” Mr. Pompeo told reporters. And he made no effort to hide his rivalry with Mr. Bolton. “There were definitely places that Mr. Bolton and I had different views about how we should proceed,” he said.
Republicans like Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky expressed approval with Trump’s decision. “The threat of war worldwide goes down exponentially with John Bolton out of the White House.
I think that the world will be a much better place with new advisers to the president” Paul said.
Among others pleased to be rid of Mr. Bolton were Iran’s leaders, who viewed him as an enemy of peace.