John Bolton: Trump abruptly fires national security adviser John Bolton 

John Bolton: US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton on September 10, 2019.

Created On: Sep 11, 2019 10:39 IST
Trump fires NSA John Bolton
Trump fires NSA John Bolton

John Bolton: US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton on September 10, 2019. Trump himself made the announcement through his official twitter account. The US President claimed that he strongly disagreed on many of Bolton’s suggestions. 

Trump tweeted, “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.”

Trump continued by saying, “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.”

Trump is known to have had significant disagreements with Bolton on issues of global significance such as Iran and Afghanistan. However, the two men gave different accounts on Bolton's departure. While Trump said that he had informed Bolton that his services are no longer needed, Bolton tweeted saying that he had offered to resign.

President Trump in his tweet clearly mentioned that he had "disagreed strongly" with many of Bolton's suggestions and as did others in the administration.

Reasons for Bolton’s departure

The most probable reason for Bolton’s departure has been presumed to be his opposition to a possible meeting between the US President and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been trying to mediate talks between the US and Iran to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. The much-talked-about meeting is expected to take place on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly. 

John Bolton, since his joining, has been known to be critical of President Trump’s dealings with North Korea and also his decision of withdrawing US troops from Syria. 

John Bolton was also against Donald Trump's now-cancelled secret meeting with the Taliban leaders at the presidential retreat in Camp David to enable smooth US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

John Bolton

John Bolton was appointed as the 27th National Security Adviser of the US on April 9, 2018. He was fired from the post by Trump on September 10, 2019.

John Bolton had previously served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006 as a recess appointee under President George W Bush’s administration.

Besides being a commentator at Fox News earlier, Bolton was the foreign policy adviser to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Bolton is known to be a foreign policy hawk and is known to be a strong advocate for regime change in North Korea, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Libya and Venezuela.

Bolton has also repeatedly called for the termination of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. He was also supportive of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

John Bolton was always an unlikely pick to be the US national security adviser under Trump administration. He was not suited to Trump’s "America First" policies. Donald Trump had previously expressed his admiration for John Bolton and had even praised him on Twitter in 2014.

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