Yesterday, Sept. 10, 2019, in a pair of tweet, President Trump announced that he had terminated neoConservative (i.e., warmonger for Israel) National Security Advisor John Bolton, citing strong disagreement on “many of his suggestions” regarding foreign policy. Trump wrote:
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore 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
It was in April 2018 that Trump appointed Bolton as his third national security advisor, to succeed Army Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Shortly after President Trump’s announcement, Bolton tweeted that he had offered his resignation Monday evening:
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bloomberg News reports, citing an unnamed White House official, that Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman will take over as Bolton’s acting replacement, Bloomberg News reports, citing an unnamed White House official.
Joshua Caplan of Breitbart confirms that Bolton’s departure stems from his “hawkish” (i.e., pro-war) foreign policy differences with President Trump over (1) ending the war in Afghanistan, now the longest U.S. war ever; (2) ending the U.S. war in Syria; and (3) rapprochement with North Korea.
News of Bolton’s departure follows reports that he and Vice President Mike Pence opposed plans for the president to hold peace talks at Camp David with the Taliban regarding the U.S. withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The president has denied there were disagreements between himself and others in the White House.
Bolton’s championed hawkish foreign policy views dating back to the Reagan administration and became a household name over his vociferous support for the Iraq War as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush.
Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president’s whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and has advocated against President Trump’s decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to persuade President Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.
Trump’s sacking of Bolton has the approval of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who tweeted, “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.”
I agree with Sen. Paul.
Donald Trump is no fool. Notice a consistent pattern emerging in both his handling of foreign and domestic affairs: When something happens, Trump’s first reaction seems to accord with the neoCons in foreign affairs, and with the Left in domestic affairs. But then, he wouldn’t actually do what those factions want and, in time, would moderate and effectively void his initial statements.
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