Donald Trump fires National Security Advisor John Bolton, says 'disagreed strongly' with many of his suggestions

  • Trump tweeted that he disagreed strongly with many of Bolton's suggestions, as did others in the administration.

  • Bolton, who took over from HR McMaster on 9 April, 2018, became Trump's third national security advisor in just over a year.

  • Bolton previously served as ambassador to the United Nations under then president George W Bush.

US president Donald Trump fired National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House.

He says Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning.

Trump tweeted that he “disagreed strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions, “as did others in the administration.”

Bolton responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign Monday "and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"

Bolton, who took over from HR McMaster on 9 April, 2018, became Trump's third national security advisor in just over a year.

 Donald Trump fires National Security Advisor John Bolton, says disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions

File image of US national security advisor John Bolton. AP

Bolton's ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House. Just an hour before Trump's tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a briefing.

Bolton was always an unlikely pick to be Trump's third national security advisor, with a world view seemingly ill-fit to the president's isolationist "America First" pronouncements.

He's espoused hawkish foreign policy views dating back to the Reagan administration and became a household name over his vociferous support for the Iraq War as the US ambassador to the UN under George W Bush. Bolton even briefly considered running for president in 2016, in part to make the case against the isolationism that Trump would come to embody.

Inside the administration he advocated caution on the president's whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and against Trump's decision last year to pull U.S troops out of Syria. He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince Trump to keep US forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.

With inputs from AP

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2019 12:16:03 IST