President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he fired National Security Adviser John Bolton, citing strong disagreements on a number of policy issues.
Mr. Trump tweeted that he told Mr. Bolton on Monday night his services were no longer needed at the White House and said Mr. Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning. Mr. Trump said that he “disagreed strongly” with many of Mr. Bolton’s suggestions, “as did others in the administration”.
Mr. Bolton responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign on Monday “and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'”
Mr. Bolton’s ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House. Just an hour before Mr. Trump’s tweet, the press office announced that Mr. Bolton would join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a briefing.
Mr. Bolton was always an unlikely pick to be Mr. Trump’s third National Security Adviser, with a world view seemingly ill-fit to the President’s isolationist “America First” pronouncements.
Inside the administration he advocated caution on the President’s whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and against Mr. Trump’s decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince Mr. Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.
Mr. Bolton was named Mr. Trump’s third National Security Adviser in April 2018 after the departure of Army Gen. H.R. McMaster.