Sunday, 22 September, 2019

John Bolton Out as National Security Adviser

Etendards fighter jets are parked prior to a mission aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf John Bolton out as national security adviser in Trump administration
Russell Knight | 11 September, 2019, 01:42

"I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning", the president said, adding that he was aiming to announce a replacement next week.

Mr Bolton and his National Security Council staff were also viewed warily by some in the White House who viewed them as more attuned to their own agendas than the president's and some administration aides have accused Mr Bolton's staff of being behind leaks of information embarrassing to Mr Trump.

- March 22, 2018: Trump announces he will appoint former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as national security adviser, the third person to hold the position in just over a year.

According to reports, Bolton and Trump differed on their policies regarding Venezuela, North Korea and Afghanistan. He planned a quiet campaign inside the administration and with US allies to persuade Trump to keep USA forces in Syria.

In June of this year, Trump publicly backed Bolton after escalating tensions with Iran caused speculation that there was a foreign policy divide within the administration.

For his part, Bolton nearly immediately lashed Trump's move on Twitter, throwing doubt on the series of events that led to his departure.

"Mr. Bolton and I didn't agree on a lot of issues".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be counted among the "others" referred to be the president who also differed with Bolton - the two were on opposite sides of the Taliban peace talks.

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Mr Bolton traveled widely in the role and on his travels, for example, he warned Russian Federation against interfering in USA elections and promoting strong ties with Israel.

His departure comes as Trump pursues diplomatic openings with North Korea and Iran, two longtime US adversaries that Bolton views as untrustworthy.

Bolton's ouster came as a surprise to many White House employees.

Asked who would speak to USA allies from the White House, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) - also a Bolton fan - simply quipped, "Probably Trump".

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said "many, many issues" led to Trump's decision to ask for Bolton's resignation. Clearly, he was opposed to Trump's Taliban outreach through his special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, and although the expected finale in Camp David bombed, Bolton was not behind the prospective deal.

"He has strong views on things but that's okay", Trump said in May.

Also considered in the running is Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who had been expected to be named US ambassador to Russian Federation.

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