US President Donald Trump dismissed his national security adviser John Bolton on Monday evening. That is what Trump says on Twitter on Tuesday.
Trump says he and his government disagreed with many of Bolton’s suggestions and asked him to submit his resignation.
This happened on Tuesday morning (local time). Next week Trump will appoint a new safety adviser.
Bolton says on Twitter that he wanted to submit his resignation Tuesday night, but that Trump told him Monday that they would talk about it Tuesday.
Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser
It is the third time that a national security adviser to Trump has to leave. Bolton was the successor to Herbert McMaster, who was fired in March 2018. McMaster is said to be too rigid according to Trump and his briefings were too long.
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.
McMaster himself succeeded Michael Flynn, who had to leave shortly after taking office. Flynn is said to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Bolton is a former UN ambassador and worked for years as a commentator for conservative media. Trump would have been impressed by Bolton’s television appearances and the president enjoyed his company.
Bolton was also an adviser to President George W. Bush and insisted on the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It later turned out that much information about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was exaggerated or incorrect.