President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he fired national security adviser John Bolton on Monday night, saying he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.”
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
“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,” Trump wrote.
“I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
The tweet came shortly before Bolton was scheduled to give a press briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Bolton responded in a tweet on Tuesday saying he offered to resign on Monday night, but Trump did not immediately accept the resignation.
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Trump often disagreed with Bolton when it came to foreign policy and strategy in dealing with countries such as North Korea, Iran, and Afghanistan. Most recently, it was reported that Bolton opposed the president’s plan to meet with Taliban leaders at Camp David this week.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told reporters that Bolton and Trump, “had policy disagreements” and that, “There was no last straw.”