And of course, we learn this by tweet:
….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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
I suspect this may have something to do with all the leaks about Trump’s national security blunders. Also, Bolton — Trump’s third national security advisor — and Trump strongly disagreed over Afghanistan. Bolton’s opposition to the diplomatic effort in Afghanistan has irritated Trump and led aides to leave the National Security Council out of sensitive discussions about a possible peace agreement (which collapsed)
The best people.
Look. Everybody who works closely with Trump in a national security capacity knows that the president is unfit for his office, but none will tell the public what they say to their intimates. They forgot: they owe their duty to the country to the nation, not to Trump. Speak!
I just asked WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham if the Taliban invitation was the breaking point in the Trump-Bolton relationship. She said “no- it was many, many issues.”— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) September 10, 2019
Could Israel be one of those issues?
Firing Bolton minutes before this comes out…sorry, I don’t think it’s a wacky conspiracy theory to consider the possbility they are related pic.twitter.com/vcWMfFBAmo— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) September 10, 2019
Bolton was supposed to hold a press briefing 90 minutes from now. Guess that won’t happen.
Interesting tweet in that Bolton did not resign. He probably forced Trump to fire him, and Trump did.
It seems the White House Communications Office was caught unawares… again.
Well oiled machine https://t.co/LSzHX6PRu6— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) September 10, 2019
Or not? Why can’t they even FIRE someone without screwing it up? Was he fired last night or did he resign this morning?
So sometime between 10:55 and 11:58, when Trump tweeted.— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) September 10, 2019
Oh, here’s Bolton weighing in….
As we reflect this week on the horrific 9/11 attack, it’s important to remember how far we’ve come in combatting radical Islamist terrorist groups but also how much work is left. We stand strong against regimes that sponsor terror & encourage violence against the US & our allies.— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 10, 2019
Not going quietly https://t.co/vi906N3tg1— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 10, 2019
John Bolton and President Trump got into a bitter argument last night over the president’s plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David, two people tell me.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 10, 2019
It’s unclear if it was on the phone or in person.
Bolton has been a lifelong hawk – a longtime advocate of attacking Iran, for example, and most recently opposed allowing Taliban leaders to meet with Trump at Camp David; Trump says he asked him last night to resign. Those fearful of another U.S. war in Mideast are likely pleased.
The one thing that can be said about Trump is that he is wary of war. he WANTS to be a peacemaker. That’s what made the appointment of Bolton a bit bizarre. Maybe Trump was thinking peace through strength? In any event, Bolton is not the guy you want if you want world stability.
I have no use, or love lost for John Bolton. But he got canned because:
1. He was against Trump’s empty, slobbering pursuit of romance with Kim Jong Un
2. He was against any Trump overtures to Iran;
3. He probably was aghast at the recent Trump Nobel-inspired appeasement with the Taliban.
John Bolton was a paid Fox News contributor for many years. Wonder if he’ll be heading back there?
All of this is amusing in that just yesterday, Trump was saying that the Democrat media was lying about there being turmoil in the White House: