UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had sacked his national security adviser John Bolton because he “strongly disagreed” with his positions.
“I told John Bolton last night that we no longer need his services at the White House,” Trump wrote in a tweet, adding that he would nominate his successor next week.
Bolton denied he had been fired, saying he had resigned.
The news shocked Washington and came days after Trump caused anger by announcing the cancellation of secret talks with the Afghan Taliban.
Bolton is a controversial figure whose name has been linked to the invasion of Iraq and other hardline foreign policy decisions. He is one of those who play a role in hardening the White House’s stance on Iran, Venezuela and other areas of tension.
Trump’s statement came after the White House press office announced that Bolton would hold a press conference on terrorism issues along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Bolton challenged Trump’s account of events, saying the president had not personally dismissed him as he said late on Monday.
“I submitted my resignation last night and the president said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow’,” he wrote on Twitter.
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