Trump ousts Bolton after anger over Afghan news coverage , President Donald Trump ousted national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday,
Saying he and the hawkish aide had “disagreed strongly” on many issues and suggesting that Bolton had collided with other Trump advisers, too. The decision came after widespread reports that Bolton tried to stop Trump from
Inviting leaders of the Afghan Taliban to Camp David for peace talks . Trump ultimately scrapped the idea, but multiple people familiar with the issue said ,
Bolton’s ouster leaves yet another vacancy in the upper echelons of the Trump administration, It also means Trump could hear fewer dissenting voices on major moves he wants to make on the national security front, such as talking to the leaders of Iran.
The president himself didn’t get too specific in his tweets announcing Bolton’s departure, though he indicated it was not a spur of the moment move. Trump wrote. “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.”Bolton offered a conflicting account on Twitter minutes after Trump’s posts.
“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,'” he wrote online. Bolton did not respond to a request for comment.The news caught many in the administration off guard. Shortly before Trump’s tweets,
The White House had announced that Bolton would appear at a briefing later Tuesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The two Cabinet secretaries, both of whom had their own frustrations with Bolton, appeared together, and in good spirits.