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PoliticsFive takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton

15:41  11 september  2019
15:41  11 september  2019 Source:   thehill.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.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton , as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed, most recently on pursuing a peace plan with the Taliban.

Of the questions surrounding the defenestration of John Bolton as President Trump ’ s third national security adviser — Did he jump? Was he shoved? — the least interesting is the question of who will succeed him on the parapet. It’s unlikely to matter much.

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President Trump announced Tuesday that John Bolton was leaving his post as national security adviser, citing disagreements between the two over how the administration should tackle key foreign policy challenges.

After the president trumpeted Bolton's departure on Twitter, shockwaves coursed through the Beltway.

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.

John R. Bolton , a national security hawk, and President Trump disagreed on how to approach a number of international issues. Here are five countries that prompted policy disagreements between Mr. Trump , who has been reluctant to expand military America’ s footprint abroad, and Mr. Bolton

After President Trump announced that John Bolton was "no longer needed" as national security adviser, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the

Here are five takeaways from Bolton's exit.

Trump chaos takes another turn

With Bolton's ouster, Trump is now searching for his fourth national security adviser in less than three years, reviving concerns about instability among the president's top advisers as he faces a series of pressing national security matters.

Bolton's exit was all the more remarkable coming days after the bombshell news that Trump had canceled a Camp David meeting with the Taliban - the Afghanistan terror group that sheltered Osama bin Laden.

It's clear that Bolton disagreed with Trump's effort to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and to meet with Taliban representatives on U.S. soil. While Vice President Pence made his support of the president clear, Bolton did not.

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.

National Security Adviser John Bolton is out of a job after disagreements with President Trump on foreign policy issues including Iran, Afghanistan and

Trump fires John Bolton President Donald Trump abruptly announced in a tweet Tuesday that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign Yet, Bolton ' s ouster was so sudden that the now-former National Security Adviser even led a meeting of top administration officials, known as a

Trump officials brushed off the idea that the exit of the hawkish Bolton was any big deal or that it would spark disorder.

"Absolutely not. That's the most ridiculous question I've ever heard of," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during a Tuesday press briefing.

Yet in recent months, Trump has replaced his Homeland Security secretary, his director of national intelligence and Bolton. His Defense secretary has only been on the job for a matter of weeks.

Democrats said the turnover and turmoil was breeding uncertainly, underscoring how Trump's political opponents hope to use the latest news against him.

Five takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton

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Pompeo's strength grows

Bolton's exit further crystallizes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's influence with the president.

Pompeo and Bolton clashed on a number of issues, something the secretary of State acknowledged during a briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

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

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday forced out John Bolton , his Bolton ’ s ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House. Just an hour before Trump ’ s tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would join Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a briefing.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday forced out John Bolton , his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran Bolton ’ s ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House. Just an hour before Trump ’ s tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would

As one of only a handful of Cabinet officials who have been with the president from the start of the administration, Pompeo has been a loyal surrogate and has reliably relayed the president's message on issues related to Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and Central America.

Bolton had in some ways complicated efforts in Iran and North Korea. Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, had ridiculed Bolton as a member of Trump's "B team," while North Korean officials blasted him as a "war monger" amid stalled talks over denuclearization.

Asked if he was surprised by Bolton's ouster, given the national security adviser was scheduled to join him at Tuesday afternoon's briefing, Pompeo flashed a smile.

"I'm never surprised," he said. "And I don't mean that on just this issue."

Strange marriage ends

Trump brought Bolton aboard in March 2018 as a more hawkish alternative to then-national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Bolton had been a reliable defender of the Trump agenda during television appearances and seemed to align with the president's desire to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

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

John Hudson on the ouster of national security adviser John Bolton . President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had fired John Bolton , his third national security adviser since taking office. Amid a surge of cases that have left five people dead and 450 potentially affected, state and federal

President Donald Trump ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton because he “disagreed strongly” with many of his positions, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by several setbacks in U. S . foreign policy. “I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump tweeted.

The two men appeared to agree on certain key issues, particularly Iran. Trump pulled out of the Obama-era nuclear pact six weeks after Bolton's hiring, and his administration has hammered Tehran with sanctions in the time since.

But it seemed an odd match at times. The president had reportedly been reluctant to hire Bolton because of his mustache, and Bolton served under George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, something Trump has at times chafed at when picking out top advisers.

Bolton's influence over Trump waned in recent months, leading to a series of public rebukes from the boss.

Most notably, Trump has in recent months steadily inched away from Bolton's hard-line stance on Iran. The president has said he's willing to talk with Iranian leaders without preconditions and has been reluctant to engage militarily with Iran.

And perhaps the final straw came after Bolton was reportedly among those who opposed Trump's idea to invite the Taliban for talks at Camp David days before the anniversary of 9/11.

"The president wants people to disagree with him and have debate in front of him, but ... he's the one who sets the policies," deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said on Fox News.

Five takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton© UPI Photo Five takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton

GOP left explaining once again

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.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ’ s ouster on Tuesday of now former national security adviser John Bolton is not good for the morale of U.S Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. Minutes after Trump announced on Twitter that he told Bolton on Monday night “that his services are no longer needed at

US National Security Advisor John Bolton ’s departure from the Trump administration has been met with a mix of joy from the MAGA crowd and protests from dedicated neocons, but also with an avalanche of memes. Bolton insisted that he attempted to resign before Trump ’ s announcement.

Whenever Trump does anything surprising, Republicans in Congress are asked to react. And Tuesday was no exception.

A few Republicans said they were sorry to see Bolton, a former aide to Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, depart the administration.

"The fact that he was a contrarian from time to time is an asset, not a liability," said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "I'm very, very unhappy to hear that he's leaving. It is a huge loss for the administration in my opinion and for the nation."

Others, however, celebrated the departure of a hawkish adviser who they feared would lead the U.S. into more wars.

"I'm just going to take the day to celebrate because I think that the chances for peace are enhanced in a world where the Bolton worldview is reflected less," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a House ally of the president, told The Hill.

Most Republicans took the safe route, stating that Trump gets to pick his own advisers.

Bolton may not go quietly

Bolton made waves within minutes of Trump announcing his ouster by pushing back on the president's accounting of events.

Trump tweeted that he "informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House" and that he accepted Bolton's resignation on Tuesday morning.

"I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow,' " Bolton tweeted 10 minutes later.

He went on to text several reporters insisting that it was his decision to resign.

White House officials would not engage with reporters seeking clarity on Bolton's ouster, other than to confirm he resigned on Tuesday morning.

Bolton remains well-positioned to share his side of the story. He previously worked as a contributor on Fox News, has a lengthy resume to bolster his credibility in political circles and, as evidenced by his texts defending his departure, has extensive connections with the Beltway media.

If Trump expands his criticism of Bolton in the coming days or weeks, the former national security adviser could push back with criticisms or explanations of his differences with the president, creating yet another headache for the White House as it seeks to keep attention on its agenda.

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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