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OpinionTrump fired Bolton before he started a war, and we should be grateful

19:31  11 september  2019
19:31  11 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

'I resigned': Bolton fights back after Trump says he fired him

'I resigned': Bolton fights back after Trump says he fired him Former national security adviser John Bolton is pushing back against President Trump for saying that he fired him. Bolton, 70, is instead claiming that he offered his resignation. Trump made the announcement about Bolton's job status on Tuesday morning, tweeting that he "asked John for his resignation" saying they "disagreed strongly." However, Bolton is pushing back on the president's claim. Slideshow by photo services Bolton countered against Trump in a tweet, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.

At least Bolton didn't start a war before Trump fired him . For that we should be grateful . Bolton didn't get that his job was to enable Trump , not advise him . The dreaded Tweet of Death was inevitable, and probably a good thing in this case.

John Bolton wanted wars with North Korea and Iran. Trump didn’t, and that’s why Bolton left the White House on Tuesday. Despite Bolton ’s best efforts, Trump pursued diplomatic talks with North Korea and resisted escalating tensions despite a resumption in missile tests over the last few weeks.

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In the end, it might be the great irony of John Bolton’s short career as national security adviser that he got fired for doing the right thing.

The timing suggests that President Donald Trump was looking to scapegoat one of the White House figures who opposed the unbelievably tasteless and strategically absurd idea of inviting the Taliban to Camp David on the anniversary week of the 9/11 attacks. When the whole dumb scheme blew up in Trump’s face, someone had to go.

Russia says exit of Trump adviser Bolton unlikely to help ties: RIA

Russia says exit of Trump adviser Bolton unlikely to help ties: RIA Russia says exit of Trump adviser Bolton unlikely to help ties: RIA

Before the day was out, the main coup leaders were hiding out in foreign embassies or – in the case of Guaido – wandering around telling the fewer and fewer who would listen to him that he had once been the president I have maintained from the start that President Trump did not want war against Iran.

WASHINGTON — President Trump fired John R. Bolton , his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan. Mr. Trump announced the decision on Twitter.

Bolton was a natural target. He has none of the unctuous charm of other White House sycophants. He has, remarkably, tried to hold to his own views on any number of national security issues, even if he had to grit his teeth and smile while his boss made excuses for North Korean weapons tests and Russian election interference. Still, he looked to be a winner after Trump jettisoned the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, things Trump had promised to do anyway.

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The dreaded Tweet of Death

But Bolton underestimated the president’s reticence to get embroiled in anything like a real confrontation with the Iranians, and he could never navigate around Trump’s obvious and abject fear of the Russians. It’s one thing to trash an arms control treaty that clears the way for more spending on nuclear weapons, it’s another entirely to actually call Vladimir Putin to account for his adventures against our friends and allies.

Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton

Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton President Trump on Thursday said he does not plan to make Secretary of State Mike Pompeo his national security adviser. © UPI Photo Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton The president told reporters as he left to attend a GOP House retreat in Baltimore that he spoke with Pompeo earlier in the day, and that the secretary of State "liked the idea of somebody [else] in there." "I think he is fantastic," Trump said of Pompeo. Reports circulated this week that Trump may consider appointing Pompeo to replace former national security adviser John Bolton, who he fired on Tuesday.

White House: Bolton and President Trump Had Many Disagreements. White House Deputy Press “The president’s view of the Iraq war and Ambassador Bolton ’s was very different and he ’s made that On Iran, Mnuchin said he , Pompeo and the president are committed to the maximum pressure

Trump says he fired John Bolton — but Bolton says he 'offered' to Before the news broke, Bolton was expected to appear at a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury President Donald Trump said Tuesday he fired national security advisor John Bolton , saying on Twitter he had

Bolton, of course, never publicly contradicted Trump, but he was clearly less than happy in a White House whose foreign policy was, on so many issues, inimical to his own instincts. And around Trump, merely hinting at principled opposition is a grave enough crime to merit the dreaded Tweet of Death. In this White House, one must never be the first comrade to stop clapping.

In a sense, Bolton never had a chance. As I predicted when Bolton was appointed in March 2018, the Trump White House is too chaotic and politically toxic for any one personality to survive or become too influential. In Bolton’s case, we might be grateful. He is a fountain of bad ideas in foreign policy who was kept out of senior Republican positions for years — by other Republicans.

A font of bad foreign policy ideas

It is impressive, in some respect, that Bolton lasted this long. Abrasive and opinionated, he was never Trump’s top choice for the job. The president has had two military officers in the position, both of whom were almost certainly more deferential as a matter of habit. (As we know, the president loves the word “sir.”)

Don't expect John Bolton to go quietly

Don't expect John Bolton to go quietly John Bolton is out. It’s no secret the hawkish national security adviser often butted heads with President Trump, and the result was his sudden departure from the White House last night. 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 But don’t expect Bolton to go quietly. Unlike other former administration officials, Bolton’s personal loyalty to the president is already wearing thin.

As Bolton publicly contradicted Trump 's assertion he 'd asked him to resign— claiming instead that he 'd offered his resignation to Trump the night before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not

Bolton ’s firing —though he said he offered his resignation Monday night—comes as he has found himself on the losing end of a series of foreign-policy debates. An uber-conservative advocate of the unilateral application of U . S . power, Bolton was opposed to Trump ’s diplomatic opening with North

Not ready for prime time: The Taliban hardly deserve Camp David talks with a president. What was Trump thinking?

Bolton is known in Washington as someone with formidable bureaucratic skills, and while those abilities might have served him well in a more normal administration, they were probably useless in the Trumpian snake pit.The secretaries of State and Defense can exercise their power and judgment at a remove from the White House and have the power of Senate confirmation behind them, but the national security adviser works in the White House, and the job is whatever the president wants it to be. After enough friction with Bolton, this president wanted it to be vacant.

The next national security adviser is likely to fare poorly as well. It should be clear at this point that there is no such thing as “policy” in this White House, and senior staff only survive so long as they do not cross the president, inflame his insecurities or talk about his children. Survival means soothing and praising the boss and trying to stay out of the blast radius when things go wrong.

Three Bolton aides submit their resignations at White House

Three Bolton aides submit their resignations at White House Three Bolton aides submit their resignations at White House

Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton . Trump tweeted that he told Bolton Monday night his services were no longer needed at the White House and said Bolton Just an hour before Trump 's tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

“That’s right, President Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton “Yep, Trump tweeted Bolton ’s services were no longer needed and that he strongly disagreed Bolton thought we should continue the war in Afghanistan and Trump thought we should continue the war with Chrissy Teigen.”

Be glad Bolton wasn't worse

It is likely that Bolton’s replacement will be a temporary hire — perhaps Office of Management and Budget Director/Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney can add one more nameplate to his desk — or even a dual-hatting of someone like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, much the way Richard Nixon did with Henry Kissinger. Of course, that will just move the crosshairs onto Pompeo’s back, but in this White House, the staff live one day at a time in an environment where “serving at the pleasure of the president” is taken literally.

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The next national security adviser will understand that he can enjoy his office as long as he enables, rather than advises, Trump on matters of national security. This could lead to a nightmare in itself, and it is sobering to think that we might one day wish for someone with Bolton’s force of personality in the West Wing.

Bolton’s critics feared he would hijack the Oval Office and lead the United States into another war in the Middle East. Trump has no appetite for such a conflict — at least for now — but Bolton certainly did enough damage in the meantime. We should not lament his departure, but we can be glad that his tenure wasn’t worse.

Former Trump national security adviser Bolton resumes political activities

Former Trump national security adviser Bolton resumes political activities Former White House national security adviser John Bolton, who parted ways this week with President Donald Trump, resumed his old job on Friday as head of two political action committees and announced $50,000 in contributions to Republican candidates. 

Bolton never got his long-sought war with Iran, thank goodness. To give this situation the comical aspect we ’ve come to expect from this administration, Trump and Bolton disagree over who actually initiated the resignation: Trump says he fired Bolton , while Bolton says resigning was his idea.

Trump claimed he asked Bolton for his resignation, but Bolton said that "never" happened. Meanwhile, White House press secretary Stephanie But Bolton quickly dismissed this assertion, and claimed he 'd offered to resign the night before . He said Trump "never" asked him for his resignation.

This is a small relief, at least until we meet Bolton’s successor.

Tom Nichols is a national security professor at the Naval War College, a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors and author of "The Death of Expertise." The views expressed here are solely his own. Follow him on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom

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