U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he has fired his national security advisor John Bolto over many disagreements to Bolton’s suggestion to Trump regarding handling foreign policy challenges.
“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 tweeted on Tuesday, adding that he would name a replacement next week.
The announcement came amid disagreements with Trump’s hard – line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia.
Bolton, a leading foreign policy hawk and Trump’s third national security adviser, had pressed the president not to let up pressure on North Korea despite diplomatic efforts. Bolton, a chief architect of Trump’s strident stance against Iran, had also argued against Trump’s suggestions of a possible meeting with the Iranian leadership and advocated a tougher approach on Russia and, more recently, Afghanistan
The 70-year-old Bolton, who took up the post in April 2018, replacing H.R. McMaster, had also often been at odds with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a Trump loyalist.
Responding to the tweet, Bolton offered a different version of the events told, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”, he said.