….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
Courtesy of NYT:
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. “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 I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
His departure comes as Mr. Trump is pursuing diplomatic openings with two of the United States’ most intractable enemies, efforts that have troubled hard-liners in the administration, like Mr. Bolton, who view North Korea and Iran as profoundly untrustworthy.
Pretty clear that John Bolton did not say yes to Trump enough to hang onto his job.
Donald Trump only wants one thing from his subordinates and that is complete acquiescence to his every demand.
I am certainly no fan of John Bolton’s but I fear that he may be the last person still telling Trump that being best buddies with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un is a bad thing.
No telling what happens now, but I can guarantee it will be no good.