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John Bolton fired as Trumps national security adviser – live news

President tweeted about the firing after reports emerged Bolton opposed Trump plan to hold peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David

John Bolton at the White House in Washington on 1 may 2019. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Joan E Greve in Washington

In the past he has also opposed the International Criminal Court in the Hague. As undersecretary of state under George W Bush, he travelled around the world negotiating two-way agreements in which countries pledged not to send US officials to the court. He also forcefully opposed the UN security council referring suspected genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan to the court, though the United States ultimately sat out that vote and the referral went forward.

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley went on Fox News to echo Trumps claim that Bolton was fired and did not resign.

Bolton grew up in a working-class Republican family in Baltimore, and his first political experience was as a volunteer in the doomed 1964 campaign of Barry Goldwater, a staunch conservative from Arizona. He attended Yale University. Unlike many of his fellow students, he fiercely supported the war effort in Vietnam, but not to the point of taking part himself. He avoided the draft by joining the Maryland national guard.

That obviously contradicts Boltons assertion that he offered Trump his resignation last night and the president said they would discuss it today.

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Gidley emphasized that Boltons priorities did not align with President Trumps, arguing that Trump has the right to appoint people who agree with him.

Bolton has seized the initiative in the fast-moving escalation of tensions with Tehran during 2019, spinning military deployments in the Gulf that were already in the pipeline as confrontational steps against Tehran, and reportedly irritating some in the Pentagon and intelligence agencies by putting a sensationalist spin on intelligence about Iranian military movements.

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Although Gidley said he was not going to get in the back and forth here, he did take a moment to stress that Trump asked for Boltons resignation. Gidley said the White House was in the process of searching for a new national security adviser.

He seems to have played a key role in the collapse of the second Trump summit with Kim Jong-un in February, when he appeared to have drafted a maximalist list of demands for all-or-nothing disarmament that was presented to the North Korean dictator in Hanoi. A year of diplomacy ground to a halt with Kim, who had been expecting a more gradualist approach

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Boltons firing followed a tense argument with Trump about the planned Taliban peace talks, per a CNN reporter.

Read more Trump tweeted: 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.

John Bolton and President Trump got into a bitter argument last night over the presidents plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David, two people tell me. Its unclear if it was on the phone or in person.

Show Hide In March 2018 John Bolton, a longtime foreign policy hawk, was named as Trumps third national security adviser in just 14 months. Over a three-decade career in foreign policy, he has advocated frequent use of military force and disdained diplomacy and international institutions.

Another CNN reporter noted the firing was so sudden that Bolton led a meeting this morning, similar to James Comey learning he had been fired as FBI director by a cable news alert while speaking in California.

Boltons firing was so sudden that he was leading a principals committee this morning on the refugee cap for next fiscal year, an administration official tells me.The meeting ended just ONE HOUR before Trump tweeted that he had fired Bolton, the official says.

He is derided by critics as a warmonger, but defines his own philosophy as Americanist – a close cousin to Trumps America First slogan – and is no fan of traditional carrot and stick diplomacy. I dont do carrots, he has said.

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The effects of Trumps firing decisions (by tweet, no less) have once again reverberated around the world. The price of oil immediately nosedived after news of Boltons departure broke.

Bolton was a harsh critic of the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump pulled out of, and went further, advocating military force against the country. A bombing campaign was the only way to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, he wrote in another op-ed.

Bolton has reportedly left the White House and will no longer participate in the afternoon briefing with Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin, much to the disappointment of Washingtons press corps.

Bolton is no longer in the building here at the White House. He will not participate in the 1:30p briefing, Im told.

Bolton had taken consistently hawkish positions on major foreign policy issues that had frequently clashed with Trump, who had sought close relationships with Russias Vladimir Putin and the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

Meanwhile, Boltons now-former employees at the National Security Council are telling reporters his side of the story, creating tension with the White House aides promoting Trumps version of events.

Bolton has called for bombing both North Korea and Iran. Less than a month before his appointment by Trump, he penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed making the legal case for striking North Korea first”.

Palpable tension between WH & NSC staffs right now.A pro-Bolton NSC official came to speak with reporters inside the West Wing when Press Secy Stephanie Grisham walked by, gave a look & said: “Oh look, right outside my office” as she walked past.

Bolton appears to be texting every reporter whose number he has in his contacts list, reiterating that he was not fired and offered his resignation last night.

On other issues, like scrapping multilateral agreements such as the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and tearing up the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces with Russia, Trump and Bolton agreed.

Bolton differs from Trump version of his resignation. “Offered last night without his asking,” he texts me. “Slept on it and gave it to him this morning.”

Donald Trump fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

The ousted national security adviser also said he would have my say in due course, a potentially ominous idea for a presidency that has been repeatedly derailed by former aides tell-all books.

Trump announced on 10 September 2019 that he had fired Bolton, tweeting that “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration”.

President Trump fires John Bolton as national security adviser

Ambassador Bolton to me just now: I will have my say in due course. But I have given you the facts on the resignation. My sole concern is US national security.

Mr Bolton wrote: As we reflect this week on the horrific 9/11 attack, its important to remember how far weve come in combatting radical Islamist terrorist groups but also how much work is left. We stand strong against regimes that sponsor terror & encourage violence against the US & our allies.

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To be clear: Bolton isnt necessarily gaining any friends in this showdown. Many of the hawkish national security advisers critics, on both sides of the aisle, are celebrating his departure.

Rand Paul, a leading John Bolton critic, told us of his firing: The chances of war worldwide go greatly down. .. he has a naive view that believes we should recreate the world in our own image by toppling countries by violent overthrow and somehow democracy will prevail.

John Bolton never should have been hired. I hope the presidents next national security adviser will focus on securing peace, not expanding war.

Mr Bolton, who served under George W Bush, the US president when the 9/11 attacks took place in 2001, was said to be among those lobbying against the Camp David meeting. He was also reportedly opposed to a peace deal with the Taliban.

Bolton is not going down without a fight. After tweeting that he offered his resignation to Trump, the now-former national security adviser is apparently reaching out to reporters to amplify that narrative.

Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday: 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….

Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: Lets be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.

Mr Bolton had reportedly been critical of Mr Trumps cancelled plans to hold secret talks on Sunday between Taliban leaders and the Afghan president at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

The White House denied that Boltons firing was based solely on his opposition to the planned Taliban peace talks at Camp David.

I just asked WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham if the Taliban invitation was the breaking point in the Trump-Bolton relationship. She said no- it was many, many issues.

Mr Trumps tweets came just one hour after the White House press team sent out a message saying that Mr Bolton and other cabinet ministers would give a briefing on Tuesday afternoon. 

But Trump has historically held grudges against aides who disagree with him, particularly when those aides receive favorable press coverage for doing so.

….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.

After many lawmakers, including some Republicans, voiced shock at the proposal to host the Taliban so close to the 9/11 anniversary, Boltons reported opposition appeared quite sage.

Less than an hour before Mr Trump announced the departure on Monday morning, Mr Bolton tweeted about remembering 9/11 and the importance of countering the threat from terrorism.

Bolton has just sent out a fiery tweet of his own, claiming he offered Trump his resignation last night and the president delayed the decision.

In contrast, the president said he requested Boltons resignation last night, which was offered this morning.

Mr Bolton, 70, reportedly opposed a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, which Mr Trump had recently been considering until talks broke down over the weekend. 

The national security adviser had been repeatedly sidelined recently as he voiced disagreement with Trumps efforts to secure an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Mr Bolton has also had a troubled relationship with Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State known for his closeness to the president, according to US media reports.

Bolton, who has long advocated an expansive military presence around the world, has become a staunch internal foe of an emerging peace deal aimed at ending Americas longest war, the officials said.

Mr Bolton, a renowned foreign policy hawk, has been sceptical of the chances of convincing Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to give up his nuclear arsenal.

His opposition to the diplomatic effort in Afghanistan has irritated President Trump, these officials said, and led aides to leave the National Security Council out of sensitive discussions about the agreement.

Mr Bolton offered a different narrative to Mr Trump, tweeting that he offered to resign on Monday evening – suggesting he jumped rather than was pushed. 

The sidelining of Bolton has raised questions about his influence in an administration that is seeking a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as an ambitious nuclear deal with North Korea and potential engagement with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Bolton, U.S. officials said, stands in opposition to those efforts, but he does so increasingly from the periphery.

The firing comes after months of tension over foreign policy between the pair, with Mr Trump at times publicly mocking Mr Bolton for his hawkish approach.

This tweet is likely shocking news to both Bolton and the White House, who just announced that the national security adviser would appear alongside Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin at a press briefing at 1:30 p.m. E.T.

He is also said to have lobbied for a tougher stance on Iran and Venezuela and warned that a deal to denuclearise North Korea was unlikely to be achieved.

Trump has just announced that he has fired John Bolton just days after reports emerged that the national security adviser opposed the presidents secret plan to hold peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David.

….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.

Democratic presidential candidates are also coming out in force to endorse congressional candidate Dan McCready, who is running in todays special election in North Carolina.

I support @McCreadyForNC because of his honorable service to our nation & because of his values: hell fight to protect North Carolinians health care & take on prescription drug companies.If his opponent has his way, 44,000 people in #NC09 stand to lose their health coverage.

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Democratic presidential candidates rushed to condemn Trumps health care policies after the Census reported the US uninsured rate rose last year despite the strong economy.

The Democratic 2020 field is unanimous in its condemnation of the Trump administrations efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but candidates differ strongly on whether to simply expand Obamacare or overhaul it with a Medicare-for-all system.

And with Democratic voters similarly divided over which system is best, the issue is sure to be one of the most prominent in the primary race.

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