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Trump sacks US national security adviser John Bolton for strong differences

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — White House national security adviser John Bolton resigned on Tuesday at the behest of US President Donald Trump, who said he had asked him to resign because of frequent political differences with him.

“I told John Bolton last night that his services were no longer needed at the White House,” Trump said on Twitter. I strongly disagreed with a lot of his suggestions like me like others in management.”

Bolton, a leading foreign policy hawk and Trump’s third national security adviser, has pressed the president not to give up pressure on North Korea despite diplomatic efforts. Bolton, the key figure behind Trump’s tough stance on Iran, also opposed the president’s proposals for a possible meeting with the Iranian leadership and called for a tougher approach on Russia and Afghanistan.

A source familiar with the matter said the announcement followed a tense conversation on Monday about the two men ‘s differing positions on Afghanistan.

Bolton, 70, who took over in April 2018 from HR McMaster, has been at odds with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is known for his loyalty to Trump.

Pompeo acknowledged that there were many differences between him and Bolton, but told reporters, “I do not think that any leader in any part of the world should assume that Trump’s foreign policy will change significantly just because one of us left office.”

“ I resigned last night and President Trump said, let’s talk about it tomorrow, ” he said in a tweet.

Trump sometimes joked about Bolton’s image as a promoter of the war, and even reportedly said in an Oval Office meeting, “John has never seen a war but I love it”.

A source familiar with Trump’s point of view said Bolton had angered many in the White House, especially White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

“He doesn’t play by the rules, he’s a rogue player,” the source said.

During his tenure at the State Department under former Republican President George W. Bush. Bush, Bolton was putting a defused bomb on his desk. His memoirs were issued in 2007 in a book entitled “Surrender is not an option”.

Among the possible names to succeed Bolton was Stephen Begin, the US special envoy to North Korea.

“Begin is very much like Pompeo in that he understands that the president is the president and that he has the decision,” said a source close to the White House.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Gresham said many issues prompted Trump to demand Bolton’s resignation.

– “Will bomb you” –

Trump sometimes rebuked Bolton for his hard-line meetings and offered it to foreign leaders by saying, “You all know the great John Bolton. It will bomb you and take your entire country. ”

Officials and a source close to Trump said the president was tired of Bolton’s hardliners and bureaucratic battles. Political analysts viewed him as a strange choice from an administration that cautiously handles the complexities of foreign affairs.

Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and a Fox News commentator, opposed the State Department’s plan to sign an Afghan peace deal with Taliban fighters, believing the group’s leaders could not be trusted.

One point of contention was Trump’s last-minute retreat to bring Taliban leaders to the presidential retreat at Camp David last weekend to finalize an agreement days before the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

One of the factors leading to Bolton’s departure was the perception that he had raised the idea that Vice President Mike Pence had joined him in opposing the Taliban meeting while he had not actually done so, an informed source said.

The result was that Bolton seemed to be sending a message to Trump that even his deputy did not approve of the Camp David idea, the source said.

Informed sources said that Bolton believed that the United States could reduce the number of troops to 8,600 in Afghanistan while continuing efforts to combat terrorism without signing a peace agreement with the Taliban.

US officials also said Bolton was responsible for the collapse of a February summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi after recommending a list of tough demands rejected by Kim.

Bolton led Trump’s policy against Iran, including a US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear deal and the re-imposition of sanctions.

Bolton is widely believed to have backed a planned US air strike on Iran this year in response to the downing of a US drone, a move Trump canceled at the last minute. The US president has since expressed his willingness to talk to Iranian leaders if conditions are right, which Bolton opposed.

An adviser to President Hassan Rouhani said Bolton’s dismissal signaled the failure of Washington’s policy of “exerting maximum pressure in the face of positive Iranian resistance.”

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