UPDATED 10:13 AM PT — Tuesday, September 10, 2019
President Trump has fired National Security Adviser John Bolton. In a series of tweets, the president said he informed Bolton Monday night that “his services are no longer needed” at the White House. He also said he disagreed strongly with many of Bolton’s suggestions as did others in the administration.
….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
President also thanked Bolton for his service, and said he will be naming a new national security adviser sometime next week. The White House said Deputy National Security Adviser Charlie Kupperman will take on the role in an acting capacity.
Bolton responded in a tweet, saying:
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Meanwhile, the president’s decision to fire John Bolton is garnering support from lawmakers on both sides of the isle. In a tweet Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul commended the president for his decision.
I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views. https://t.co/XEBwzySxac
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 10, 2019
In another message to Twitter, Democrat congressman Gerry Connolly said Bolton was the wrong choice from the beginning.
Bolton was the wrong choice from the beginning-a disruptive force in a destructive foreign policy. His firing – the 4th national security advisor in less than 3 years – underscores the chaos, turmoil, and incompetence of this Admin that continues to endanger US national security.
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) September 10, 2019