Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

By Melanie Arter | September 10, 2019 | 12:18pm EDT
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( – President Donald Trump fired National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday, citing many disagreements, the president announced Tuesday.

“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,” Trump tweeted.



Bolton’s account of what happened, however, contradicts the president’s statement.

“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let's talk about it tomorrow,’” Bolton tweeted Tuesday.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters at the White House that Bolton’s “priorities and policies just don’t line up with the president.”

“There is no one issue here,” Gidley said. “They just didn’t align on many issues.”

Gidley said Charlie Kupperman is the new acting national security adviser.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), reacted to the news of Bolton’s departure, telling reporters Tuesday on Capitol HIll, “I like John Bolton. I think he sees the world for what it is. I’ve always had a similar view of the threats that we face, but the personal relationship between the president and national security advisor is important.”



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