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PoliticsWhy the Trump-Bolton breakup was inevitable. They clashed over Iran, North Korea and more

07:55  11 september  2019
07:55  11 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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.

Why the Trump - Bolton breakup was inevitable . They clashed over Iran , North Korea and more . Trump campaigned on withdrawing the U.S. from “endless wars,” while Bolton embraced an interventionist foreign policy agenda. Trump sought negotiations with reviled despots.

If the disparate messages keep Iran , North Korea and Venezuela uncertain of how far the United Mr. Bolton previously served in multiple Republican administrations, most recently as President But he clashed with Mr. Shanahan’s predecessor, Jim Mattis. At one point, during a discussion of the cost

WASHINGTON – The political marriage between President Donald Trump and his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton was troubled from the start.

Trump campaigned on withdrawing the U.S. from “endless wars,” while Bolton embraced an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy agenda.

Trump sought negotiations with reviled despots. Bolton wanted the U.S. to topple them.

Their opposing views collided most recently over Afghanistan, spilling into public view over the weekend. Trump disclosed on Saturday that he had invited, and then uninvited, the Taliban – a militant Islamic group – to Camp David to seal a peace deal that would have paved the way for a U.S. withdrawal from that 18-year war. Bolton argued that the Taliban could not be trusted.

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President Trump had complained privately in recent months that Mr. Bolton was too hawkish, a tension made worse in recent weeks over Iran , North Korea and Afghanistan. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his

John R. Bolton , left, disagreed with the president over how to handle North Korea .CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton , as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed , most

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Whether that rift was the last straw for Trump, or for Bolton, is not clear. That was just one of oh-so-many matters on which they disagreed.

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"You can only say 'no, no, no' to a president so many times," said Aaron David Miller, who served as a top State Department negotiator for past presidents of both parties and is now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and - the last straw - Afghanistan ... They were out of sync both personally and on policy.”

Take North Korea, for starters. Trump relished showy summits with Kim Jong Un, the country’s ruthless leader. Bolton was skeptical that such talks would amount to anything.

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North Korea ’s test firings included short-range ballistic missiles and so there was “no doubt” it was a Bolton also urged Kim to agree to a meeting with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, which The two leaders will also discuss rising tensions with Iran , Bolton said. Abe is considering a visit to

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That was on display during the last Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, where North Korean officials offered to partially dismantle their country’s primary nuclear facility. Bolton, among others, successfully pressed Trump to reject the deal and demand full denuclearlization. The talks collapsed and both leaders went home empty-handed.

In the months since those negotiations stalled, North Korea has repeatedly tested short-range missiles – a provocation that Bolton has highlighted and Trump has downplayed.

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Trump’s approach is to “stiff arm” his counterpart with one hand and offer an olive branch with the other, said James Carafano, a national security and foreign policy expert with the conservative Heritage Foundation. Bolton’s approach, he said, is to negotiate only an opponent’s surrender.

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Democrats attack Trump 's choice John Bolton as 'reckless partisan'. Read more . He has advocated, to various degrees, pre-emptive strikes and wars against North Korea and Iran , and overall an Still, here are some of Bolton ’s most aggressive published views in recent memory which may

John Bolton said on Thursday that his past policy statements are "behind me" and that, after taking over next month Trump , by the way, has pointed to his own opposition to the Iraq war as evidence of his smarts. More recently, he's pushed for unilateral strikes in Iran and North Korea , while casting

Carafano argued that despite those tactical differences, Trump and Bolton agreed on a broad swath of issues. They both strongly supported Brexit, the United Kingdom’s efforts to leave the European Union. They shared a distaste for the United Nations and agreed on the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, a landmark U.S.-Russia arms control treaty and other several other multilateral pacts.

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But Bolton wanted to aggressively confront Iran, particularly after its military shot down a U.S. drone this summer. He sought military options for ousting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. He opposed Trump’s plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan.

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Trump viewed Bolton as a warmonger, and some of the president's allies feared the hard-line national security adviser was pulling him deeper into military conflicts, particularly in the Middle East.

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“ Many good conversations with North Korea -it is going well!” he wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter. Even the recent revelations of seemingly modest Yet Mr. Trump pulled out after concluding that the United States gave away too much in return for an agreement that would gradually allow the Iranians

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"It seems clear that Bolton and Trump did not share anything close to a similar view of global affairs," said Harry J. Kazianis, senior director of the Center for the National Interest, which advocates for "strategic realism" in U.S. foreign policy. "Trump is now free to find a national security adviser who is against wars of regime change, a smaller footprint in the Middle East, some sort of diplomatic track with North Korea and a much bigger focus on the rise of China."

Foreign policy expert Danielle Pletka said Iran may have been the most contentious foreign policy clash between Bolton and Trump.

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Trump has embraced a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at isolating Iran economically and politically. But at the same time, the president has repeatedly said he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions.

Such a session would likely make Bolton’s blood boil, said Pletka, senior vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank where Bolton served as a senior fellow before joining the Trump administration.

“He doesn’t believe in the power of talk, except on truly rare occasions,” Pletka said. “He’s very, very hawkish.”

It’s perhaps fitting that Trump and Bolton even clashed on Tuesday as their inevitable divorce became official. Trump said in a tweet that he had fired Bolton because of their policy clashes.

"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," the president wrote on Tuesday. "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration."

Bolton quickly responded with his own tweet: "I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"

Contributing: Michael Collins

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump and John Bolton clashed over Iran, North Korea, Venezuela

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