John Bolton, You’re Fired!
John Bolton tendered his resignation Tuesday morning after months of policy disputes between President Trump and the now former National Security Adviser. Of course, even in his firing there was upheaval.
….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
Bolton had a different take on that tweet, saying that he offered to resign on Monday night during a “discussion” on Afghanistan.
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Which is irrelevant, he is officially fired. John Bolton has been a hawkish member of Trump’s cabinet since H.R. McMaster was let go in 2018. But the constant disagreements finally caused him to be dumped.
While Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in 2017 as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country, he has been moving toward agreeing to a phased withdrawal of troops. Some 14,000 U.S. troops have remained in Afghanistan, advising and assisting Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.
Inside the administration, Bolton also advocated caution on Trump’s strategy with North Korea and against Trump’s decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. Bolton also led a quiet effort inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince the president to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter ISIS and Iranian influence in the region.
See it? That “quiet effort” could be part of the issue between Bolton supporters and Trump allies in the administration. The recent Afghanistan situation was the final straw. Bolton disagreed with the President and opposed diplomatic efforts in the region. The President’s invitation to have the Taliban come to Camp David was part of the argument. Of course that situation is now mute, as the President called the negotiations dead and cancelled the planned meeting after the Taliban killed an American soldier and 11 others.
Bolton also allegedly disagreed with the President’s policies toward Venezuela, and North Korea, and advocated regime changes in several countries.
Members of the Trump administration heard of the firing just this morning prior to a scheduled National Security Briefing.
“I think that the President deserves to have someone around him who agrees with his policy. I think the threat of war worldwide goes down exponentially with John Bolton out of the White House… I think his advocacy for regime change around the world is a naive world view. And I think that the world will be a much better place with new advisors to the president and hopefully somebody who’s actually listening what to the president says over and over again, that he wants to bring America’s longest war to a close ” Senator Rand Paul