US: Trump sacks national security adviser John Bolton

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had sacked his national security adviser John Bolton for not “agreeing with many of his proposals.”

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“I told John Bolton last night that we no longer need his services in the White House,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “I don’t agree with many of his suggestions,” he said, referring to the man known for his tough stance on Iran, Russia and North Korea.

Bolton denied he had been fired, saying he had resigned. He challenged Trump’s account of his dismissal. He explained in a tweet on Twitter that he submitted his resignation last night, and the President told him: “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

Bolton is a controversial figure whose name has been linked to the invasion of Iraq and other hardline foreign policy decisions. It is also an American face in support of tightening Washington’s positions on Iran, Venezuela and other areas of tension.

Bolton was a hawkish leader in the Bush administration before becoming a commentator on Fox News. He is a staunch opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal signed by major powers in July 2015 to prevent Iran. Israel sees him as one of its friends.

Tel Aviv, in the words of several of its ministers, was pleased with the appointment of Trump in March last year, “their strong friend” Bolton as national security adviser. “President Trump continues to appoint true friends of Israel to senior positions, one of them prominent John Bolton, with extensive experience and exceptional original thinking,” the hard-right Justice Minister said in a statement.


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