WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has fired John Bolton, the administration’s third national security adviser.
Trump made the announcement by tweet around noon EDT on Tuesday.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” the president 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. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
Bolton was apparently blindsided by the dismissal. In his own tweet sent about 10 minutes after the president’s, Bolton contradicted Trump’s version of events and said he had offered to step down Monday night.
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bolton, 70, served as national security adviser since April 9, 2018, when Trump fired H.R. McMaster, whose gruff demeanor reportedly rubbed members of the administration the wrong way. The Army lieutenant general had assumed the position on Feb. 20, 2017, after the president dismissed Michael Flynn. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was appointed on Jan. 23, 2017 — three days after Trump’s inauguration. But Flynn resigned under pressure three weeks after it was revealed that he had misled the White House and the FBI about communications he had had with Sergey Kislyak, who was then the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Flynn’s stint as national security adviser was the shortest on record.
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