Donald Trump FIRES his National Security Advisor John Bolton – In a Twitter War

  • Trump fired Bolton by tweet two minutes before midday Tuesday in a dramatic and unexpected move
  • He said he ‘disagreed strongly’ with Bolton ‘as did others in the administration’ hinting at internal fallouts between Bolton and Mike Pompeo
  • But within minutes Bolton himself tweeted, apparently from the White House’s own network, that he had tried to resign last night and been blown off
  • The two had clashed on Iran and North Korea and most recently on peace talks with the Taliban, with Bolton opposing attempts for an Afghan peace deal
  • Bolton, 70, had been in Trump’s national security aide since April 2018 after the president dispensed with three-star Army general H.R. McMaster

Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired his national security adviser, John Bolton saying he ‘disagreed strongly’ with him – and was immediately contradicted by Bolton, who said he had tried to quit first.

The president said in a tweet two minutes before midday, and an hour before Bolton was supposed to give a briefing to reporters at the White House.

Trump said he would name a new national security adviser next week.

But in a rival tweet sent a few minutes later, apparently from the White House’s own network, Bolton said that he had tried to resign last night and been blown off by the president.

Battle of the tweets: John Bolton tweeted that he tried to quit before he was fired – and did so from the White House’s own network 

The squabbling versions of Bolton’s departure were even more extraordinary given that White House reporters had been told that he, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were due to brief journalists at 1pm in the press briefing room. 

Bolton was seen as a war hawk who favored military intervention around the globe – a view that was at odds with Trump’s insistence that America’s troops should stop being ‘the world’s policemen.’

He clashed repeatedly with Pompeo over foreign policy and was recently sidelined during internal White House discussions about how to handle conflicts with the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

Bolton opposed Trump’s proposal for a peace plan with the Taliban.

When the president wanted to hold a Camp David peace summit, which he called off after a Taliban suicide bombing attack in Kabul killed 12 people, Bolton was one of its leading opponents.

Tensions between Bolton and Pompeo ramped up in recent weeks. The two men -– the top foreign policy advisers to the president – rarely spoke outside of formal meetings, CNN reported.

Bolton was also said to clash with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. 

Bolton and Pompeo had been scheduled to brief the press Tuesday afternoon about an unrelated subject. 

Bolton, 70, had been appointed from outside government in April 2018 when Trump dispensed with his second National Security Advisor, three-star Army general H.R. McMaster.

He had been a prominent Fox News contributor with hawkish views in particular on the Iran nuclear deal. 

Trump had sometimes joked about Bolton’s image as a warmonger, reportedly saying in one Oval Office meeting that ‘John has never seen a war he doesn’t like.’ 

But in recent months there had been whispers that Trump was losing patience with Bolton.

When Trump went to South Korea at the end of June and crossed into the DMZ to meet Kim Jong-Un, the first sitting president to meet a North Korean leader in the separation zone between the two countries, Bolton was in Mongolia rather than being with the president. 


Here are just some of the top officials who have left Trump’s administration and when their departures were announced


Inauguration Day was January 20

January 31: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates 

February 13: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

March 30: Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh 

April 9: Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland

May 9: FBI Director James Comey 

May 30: Communications Director Michael Dubke 

July 21: Press Secretary Sean Spicer 

July 28: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus 

July 31: Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci 

August 18: Chief Strategist Steve Bannon

August 25: National security aide Sebastian Gorka 

September 1: Director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller

September 29: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price 

December 8: Deputy National Security adviser Dina Powell 

December 13: Communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault Newman


February 7: Staff Secretary Rob Porter 

February 28: Communications Director Hope Hicks 

March 6: Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn 

March 12: Special assistant and personal aide to the president John McEntee

March 13: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 

March 22: National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster 

March 28: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin 

April 10: Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert 

April 11: Deputy National Security Adviser Nadia Schadlow 

April 12: Deputy National Security adviser Ricky Waddell 

May 2:  White House attorney Ty Cobb

June 5: Communications aide Kelly Sadler 

 July 5: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt

August 29: White House Counsel Don McGahn  

October 9: U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley

November 7: Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

December 9: Chief of Staff John Kelly

December 15: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

December 20: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis


March 8: Communications Director Bill Shine 

April 8: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

June 13: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders 

June 18: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

June 25: Acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner John Sanders 

July 12: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta 

July 28: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats 

August 6: Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman 

August 8: Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Sue Gordon

August 29: President’s personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout

September 5: Lead Middle East peace negotiator, Jason Greenblatt

September 10: National Security Advisor, John Bolton  

And yet they still haven’t impeached him…

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