Donald Trump has fired his national security adviser John Bolton, saying that he “strongly” disagreed with many of his proposals.
The firing comes after months of tension over foreign policy between the pair. Mr Trump at times had publicly mocking Mr Bolton for his hawkish approach.
Mr Bolton has also had a troubled relationship with Mike Pompeo. The US Secretary of State known for his closeness to the president, according to US media reports. He disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore…. I thank John very much for his service. He will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
Mr Trump’s tweets came just one hour after the White House press team sent out a message saying that Mr Bolton and other cabinet ministers would give a briefing on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Bolton offered a different narrative to Mr Trump, tweeting that he offered to resign on Monday evening – suggesting he jumped rather than was pushed.
Did 9/11 and Afghanistan has a role play
The president cancelled the meeting after a US soldier was killed in Afghanistan. Less than an hour before Mr Trump announced the departure on Monday morning, Mr Bolton tweeted about remembering 9/11 and the importance of countering the threat from terrorism. We stand strong against regimes that sponsor terror & encourage violence against the US & our allies.”
Afghanistan policy and delivering Mr Trump’s demand for US troops to come home was not the only foreign policy issue on which Mr Bolton and the president had differences.
Mr Bolton, a renowned foreign policy hawk, has been sceptical of the chances of convincing Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to give up his nuclear arsenal.
That stance contrasts with Mr Trump’s repeated optimism of securing a deal and warm words for the dictator.
Botlon’s enthusiasm for a tougher stance on Iran – he once advocated bombing the regime – and Venezuela, where the US is trying to force embattled president Nicolas Maduro from power, has also led to reports of tensions with the president.
Trump addressed them in May, joking that he “tempers” Mr Bolton during their private foreign policy deliberations.
Mr Trump added then of his advisers: “I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him.”