Trump announces firing of national security chief Bolton

September 10, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he has fired his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, saying he disagreed “strongly” with his positions.

“I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump announced on Twitter.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.”

Trump said he would name a replacement next week.

Bolton — a veteran of the George W. Bush administration — had a central role in crafting US foreign policy, refereeing debates between America’s spooks, soldiers and diplomats. But his most potent role was framing the security decisions.

It had been said before his appointment that his ideological approach to American power matches neatly with Trump’s tough-talking rhetoric.

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