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OpinionWhy John Bolton had to leave and what to expect next

19:35  11 september  2019
19:35  11 september  2019 Source:   cnn.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.

John Bolton had to go -- because he wanted to cancel President Donald Trump' s worldwide reality show. For a time the now ex-national security adviser, who first caught Trump' s eye with his tough talk on Fox News, was useful to the President -- sharing his desire to shake up the globe.

He had to have a recess appointment to get it because he was such a controversial pick and Now, the next time he has to make a decision is May, so it' s coming up. And Trump has sent out But now you have someone like John Bolton , who was a supporter of the Iraq War, and Mike Pompeo, who

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Why John Bolton had to leave and what to expect next© Pool/Getty Images US President Donald Trump speaks as National security advisor John Bolton listens during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in the Oval Office of the White House on May 22, 2018 in Washington DC. (Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

John Bolton had to go -- because he wanted to cancel President Donald Trump's worldwide reality show.

For a time the now ex-national security adviser, who first caught Trump's eye with his tough talk on Fox News, was useful to the President -- sharing his desire to shake up the globe.

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.

He would also probably have the support of Jared Kushner, the president’ s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has tried to push his allies into high-profile administration positions before. He expects to be interviewed for Mr. Bolton ’ s job, according to a person with knowledge of the planning process.

Anyone who has ever heard Mr. Bolton give a speech or read any of his writings or watched the news knows that Mr. Bolton is a hawk. And given that John Bolton actually might, as the president suggested, have us in four wars if he had his way, I guess I’m on the president’ s side.

But like everyone else in Trump's dysfunctional foreign policy team, Bolton wore out his welcome, standing in the way of his boss' impetuous instincts and seeking a share of the spotlight.

Only in the bizarre Trump orbit could the exit of a national security adviser seen as an ideologue and aggressive hawk also be perceived in some ways as the removal of a stabilizing force. But he did have a view of American interests and the use of US power that while hardline was predictable and logical and positioned within the historic boundaries of US diplomacy.

With him gone, Trump may have more leeway to indulge his more dovish instincts, which rarely match big talk with action. And US diplomacy is likely to reflect its principal author even more closely. It will be more impulsive, less strategic and more geared to creating iconic moments, like the President's stroll into North Korea with Kim Jong Un.

The President and His Now Ex-National Security Adviser Are Having a “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit” Fight

The President and His Now Ex-National Security Adviser Are Having a “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit” Fight Having failed to bomb Iran, John Bolton settles for a social media flame war with Donald Trump.

Bolton has said that the two-state solution, for which the international community advocates, is dead. Many commentators have extolled Bolton ’ s ability to co-opt the bureaucracy in support of Many senior diplomats and military leaders—the checks and balances— have left the administration.

I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him.” Still, Trump has walked back every chance he’ s had to escalate to the highest level tensions with adversaries. What to expect at the September Democratic debate All the top candidates will be onstage together for the

Democratic Rep. John Garamendi welcomed Bolton's departure given his "radical" instincts but warned of instability to come.

"This President has a mind of his own, often we wonder what is exactly in that mind ... chaos rules the day," Garamendi, a member of the House Armed Services Committee told CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

Trump badly needs a foreign policy win

Like everything in Trump's foreign policy, there is a political explanation for the latest storm that rocked the White House.

Trump's first term, while succeeding in traumatizing US allies and causing global disruption, is largely bereft of the big wins the great dealmaker promised back in 2016.

North Korea, despite Trump's embrace, is not denuclearizing. Iran is moving closer to building a nuclear bomb after Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal. China is rising fast and Russia is resurgent after interfering in US elections.

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

President Trump announced this morning that he had asked for (and received) National Security Advisor John Bolton ’ s resignation. Knowing Trump erred on the side of dovishness and Bolton , hawkishness, countries like Iran or North Korea would be left guessing what action to expect .

President Donald Trump has never had staff that says only “yes sir.” He seeks out a diversity of opinion, often reaching beyond his formal staff. That’ s why he brought on John Bolton . So, there’ s no reason to expect swings in foreign policy now that Bolton is out the door.

That's a problem as Trump contemplates a lackluster record and goes in search of iconic achievements -- and longed for baubles, such as a Nobel Peace Prize -- ahead of the 2020 election.

The President is in perilous political territory -- dipping to 39% approval in a new CNN/SSRS poll. Only 36% of those asked said he deserved reelection. So victories, preferably bringing favorable media coverage are imperative -- and soon.

Trump's team, given a lack of leverage or expertise, may struggle to manufacture big foreign policy breakthroughs. But eye catching summits will do just as well for a White House that cuts even Trump's routine meetings with foreign leaders into campaign highlight reels designed to frame him as a statesman.

"This likely signals that Trump is desperate to run a string of deals, however cosmetic, prior to the 2020 election on Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea and sees Bolton as a roadblock," said Colin Kahl, a former Obama administration aide affiliated with the Foreign Policy for America advocacy group.

While Bolton, who even his many enemies will admit is a man of principle and a master of the Washington game, knows how to blow things up -- such as the Iran nuclear deal -- he was increasingly in the way of the President's photo-op diplomacy.

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

They had a TV critic on NPR yesterday talking about Trump on TV. He said the producers of the Apprentice often had to re-edit the show because once they got to the firing part in the But Mr. Trump has long complained privately that Mr. Bolton was too willing to get the United States into another war.

Bolton ’ s why -we-can’t-wait approach might have been justified when Nikita Khrushchev was It is time to pity the permanent staff of the White House, who constantly have to shuffle offices like desk Anything left over is for Jared and Ivanka. As for Bolton , he was the wild man in George W Bush’ s

Most recently, Bolton objected to Trump's idea to bring Taliban terrorists to Camp David close to the anniversary of 9/11 in search of a deal to bring troops home.

And, according to CNN sources, he told Trump so to his face, contradicting a gut call by a President who demands obedience in a way that was always likely to cut his tenure short.

A win for North Korea

Bolton's skepticism of Trump's infatuation with North Korea's Kim was also no secret. When Trump pulled off his scheme to visit his pen pal on the DMZ in June, Bolton took himself off to Mongolia. He contradicted the President by saying that the North's short-range missile tests contravened UN resolutions. Pyongyang responded by calling him a "human defect."

And Trump's adoption of his hardline position on denuclearization seems to have been at least partly behind the collapse of the Hanoi summit earlier in the year.

In fact, Bolton's departure represents a victory for North Korea, which had been trying for months through its official media to drive a wedge between him and Trump. Now, coincidentally, the rogue nation says it's ready to talk again to the US.

Bolton was also a bump on a log for Trump when it came to Russia. While the President spent the recent G7 summit making Russian President Vladimir Putin's case for getting back in the club, Bolton never let go of his smoldering Cold War suspicions.

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.

Bolton has shown repeatedly that can he act swiftly, decisively and wisely. One sign of this came Tuesday with the resignation of White House Homeland Why ? Because it’ s a multilateral effort that has been a tremendous success, thanks to John Bolton . President Trump finally has found a kindred

Trump has replaced his thoughtful national security advisor with a belligerent TV pundit, says Guardian editor and writer David Shariatmadari.

Trump also appears to blame Bolton, an unreconstructed hawk, for bringing him to the brink of war with Iran after the shooting down of a US drone over the Gulf of Oman.

With him gone, Trump will have greater leeway to pursue his reported hopes of organizing what would be a stunning meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Bolton is unlikely to go quietly given his flair for public relations and long list of media contacts. He seems unlikely to emulate the dutiful but pregnant silence on Trump by former Defense Secretary James Mattis as he promotes his book.

As Bolton looks back on his 19 months in the White House, he can claim several victories for his hardline school of foreign policy. The Trump administration banned an International Criminal Court prosecutor from visiting the US. The United States also withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council. And under his watch the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

And the ex-national security adviser might have succeeded in one of his final acts of killing of a deal with the Taliban that critics see as a fig leaf to cover a US surrender.

But Bolton's strong backing for what looked a lot like a coup attempt in Venezuela by opposition leader Juan Guaido did not work and made the Trump administration look foolish.

Ultimately, Bolton's departure is revealing for all the insights it offers into life inside Trump's White House.

Its timing on the eve of 9/11 anniversary commemorations was also appropriate. Bolton was just about the last remnant of the neoconservative foreign policy establishment that grabbed power after the world's worst terror attack.

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 has called for an “end” to North Korea and argued recently in The Wall Street Journal for a preventive first strike against the regime of Kim Jong Un, who Trump is expected to meet in May. Like Trump, he believes the nuclear deal China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United

Mr. Bolton , 69, has been in the public eye, and in Washington, for 30 years. That meeting is expected to take place sometime within the next month and a half. At that time, Mr. Bolton had just left his position as an assistant secretary of state after Bill Clinton became president.

Much of Trump's antipathy to foreign entanglements -- like the Iraq invasion and America's longest war that he is trying to end -- springs from policies put in place by Bolton and his cohorts.

The current President seems to have no organized doctrine -- other than his "America First" mantra that is mostly an offshoot of his campaign trail rhetoric rooted in a belief that the rest of the world is perpetually ripping America off.

Happy that Bolton is gone

Bolton's personality clash with Trump also offers a glimpse into how this administration works.

He became the latest key foreign policy official to cross an invisible red line for Trump -- seeming to have an agenda and power base that is distinct from the President's own.

White House sources told CNN on Tuesday told CNN they believed that Bolton was leaking to the press about Trump's now canceled plans to host the Taliban at Camp David.

Shortly after Trump fired Bolton -- by tweet -- two of his former antagonists, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, could barely hide their smiles.

The two men also showed they had learned the lessons of how to work for Trump that Bolton apparently never absorbed -- namely appeasing his wildest instincts and showing no disloyalty.

"We work very closely with the President of the United States," said Pompeo, who is not that ideologically different than Bolton but is poles apart on handling Trump.

"I don't think any leader around the world should make any assumption that because some one of us departs, that President Trump's foreign policy will change in a material way," he said.

Pompeo's comment reflected reality, that the rest of the world -- US allies and Trump subordinates, especially -- have learned over two-and-a-half tumultuous years. America's foreign policy does not follow precedent, doctrine or any predictable course.

It's what Trump says it is at any given moment. And people who work for him can either live with that or get out.

Trump lists Waddell, Kellogg, O'Brien among possible Bolton successors.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the candidates he is considering to become his new national security adviser include former deputy national security adviser Ricky Waddell, Vice President Mike Pence's security aide Keith Kellogg, and hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien. © Reuters/Carlos Barria Acting U.S. National Security Advisor Kellogg arrives for U.S.

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