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Trump fires Bolton

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/10/19, 01:08 pm

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday he “disagreed strongly” with many of his national security adviser’s suggestions, “as did others in the Administration.” The president said he would announce John Bolton’s replacement next week. Bolton, who held the position since April 2018, tweeted he offered to resign Monday but Trump told him they would “talk about it tomorrow.”

What did they disagree on? While the president did not give specifics, The Washington Post reported last week that Bolton opposed a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region. They also have reportedly butted heads in the past when Bolton’s hawkish tendencies clashed with Trump’s more isolationist policies.

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report on Trump canceling secret meetings planned with the Taliban and Afghanistan’s president.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Tue, 09/10/2019 01:41 pm

    Bolton, Mike Flynn, Rex Tillerson, Nikki Haley, Jeff Sessions, Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and on the list goes...

    The steady exodus tells us something, but it's hard to discern exactly what yet. They don't seem to be leaving with the same story, to the extent that we can determine what the story of each is. It's not difficult to see, though, why people find this situation disturbing.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 09/10/2019 05:48 pm

    How does this compare with previous administrations?

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 09/10/2019 06:59 pm

    I am very sad to see Bolton go but Trump as President has every right to pick who will be on his cabinet. Typical of Trump, he does things his way throwing conventions aside.  Is this a bad situation? I don’t think so but it is definitely nontraditional and will ruffle the feathers of those strict traditionalists! Likely he will continue his reshuffle of cabinet and it will likely be a trait of his presidency. The notion of negotiating with the Taliban at Camp David would trouble me some too, like it did Bolton. Trump has a point though, that we need to look outside the box for foreign affairs solutions. At the end of the day we need to judge his foreign policy by the results that he achieves.  One victory has been his China policy where Trump essentially realigned the Western World against China as China has shown its hostility to the world. Trump’s strong approach has also made the US respected again after the disgrace of the Obama administration. 

  • K&
    Posted: Wed, 09/11/2019 09:22 am

    The President wants a peace deal and withdrawl from Afghanistan and that's part of an indication that he's an "isolationist"?  Agree that he has butted heads with Bolton (as a lot of others have) but to categorize his polices as isolationist isn't accurate.  The President has clearly shown that he's willing to engage with any nation that wants what is best for their country and ours, and is willing to contribute equally going forward.