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
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. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
Rose-colored glasses are apparently quite powerful. Trump has reportedly been reaching out to the last national security adviser he unceremoniously ousted, H.R. McMaster, to say he misses him.
The White House at 10:55 am ET sent out a press guidance via email that had Bolton on the schedule to speak on camera with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at 1:30 pm ET. Roughly an hour later, the president tweeted that hed fired Bolton.
In phone calls to McMaster — the first of which took place last fall — Trump told his second national security adviser that he misses him, according to two people familiar with the conversations. Its a sentiment the president has also expressed to White House aides, they said. Trump has solicited McMasters advice on various national security challenges, even asking McMaster who he should nominate to lead the Pentagon, they said.
Trumps contacts with McMaster perhaps presaged his decision Tuesday to unceremoniously fire Bolton. They also marked a significant a remarkable shift for the president that is emblematic of how much Bolton fell out of favor since Trump welcomed him into the White House 17 months ago. At that time, Trump was barely speaking to McMaster and regularly did derogatory impressions of him in his absence, according to multiple current and former White House officials.
John Boltons Exit Thrusts Trumps National Security Council Back Into Chaos
Trump has just finished speaking at the HBCU conference, but the blog is keeping its eye on press conferences on Capitol Hill.
Video: Gidley: Boltons policies, priorities did not align with Trump
Mitch McConnell would not specify what type of gun legislation he would support, deferring to the White House.
The Senate majority leader previously said he would not hold a vote on any gun proposal unless it had Trumps endorsement, seemingly ruling out the background checks bill that has already passed the House. Trump has said he would veto that legislation.
Bolton is the latest in a long line of departures from the White House, and his replacement will be Trumps fourth national security adviser thus far.
Another three proposals that House Democrats are working to pass after last months mass shootings would likely also be dead on arrival in the Senate.
Trump appeared anxious to confront the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, saying he looked forward to touting his economic successes on the debate stage.
Similarly, a White House official told Washington Post reporter Robert Costa that “Bolton was indeed fired” and his “resignation was requested.”
Whos going to beat these numbers? Trump asked the crowd at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference after listing some unemployment statistics.
Grisham told Insider, “The timing of the guidance has nothing to do with anything, the staff who distribute that guidance were not aware.”
Trump dismissed any sign of a looming recession while speaking at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference.
Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter to announce hed let Bolton go, claiming he asked for the national security advisers resignation.
The president suggested warnings of a potential recession were being circulated by his critics to diminish his re-election chances. They were hoping for a recession, Trump said, adding that he expects the stock market to hit a new record in the near future.
A new poll released this morning showed 6 in 10 Americans believe a recession is likely within the next year.
Trump has taken the stage at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference and appears to (so far) be sticking to the teleprompter.
He has touted the importance of HBCUs and celebrated his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, as a champion for the institutions.
Trump is expected to soon start speaking at the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference. The president was scheduled to take the podium at 2:15 p.m. E.T. but is apparently running behind.
Pompeo made a point during the White House press conference, which has now wrapped up, to emphasize he had policy disagreements with Bolton.
The secretary of state, who reportedly clashed with Bolton repeatedly in recent months, appeared (in the words of one reporter) almost gleeful as he discussed the national security advisers departure.
Steven Mnuchin dismissed any notion that Boltons departure signaled the national security team was a mess.
Reporter: “Is this national security staff a mess.”Mnuchin: “Absolutely not. Thats the most ridiculous question Ive heard of.”
That being said, Trump has had three national security advisers since taking office, and Barack Obama had the same number over two terms. George W. Bush only had two over his eight years in office.
Pompeo delivered a pretty iconic response when asked whether he was caught off-guard by Boltons firing. Im never surprised, the secretary of state said.
The recommendation seems odd given all the reporting about Pompeo and Boltons relationship, which had deteriorated to the point where the pair rarely spoke outside of formal meetings.
There it is! First question at the White House briefing with Mike Pompeo and Steven Mnuchin: did Bolton resign, or was he fired?
The secretary of state echoed Trumps claim that he asked Bolton for his resignation last night and received it this morning. Pompeo added, The president is entitled to the staff he wants.
But Pompeo deflected when asked whether the argument over the planned Taliban peace talks was the impetus for Boltons departure.
Steven Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, have taken the podium at the White House.
Treasury Sec. Mnuchin and State Sec. Pompeo announce new terrorist sanctions executive order.But briefing room is interested in Bolton. pic.twitter.com/Wwl6WTUTee
The pair are currently speaking about a new executive order on counter-terrorism sanctions, and Mnuchin said they would then take a few questions.
It seems unlikely that those questions will center on counter-terrorism sanctions, given that the now-fired John Bolton was originally scheduled to appear alongside the two officials.
NBC News is reporting that deputy national security adviser Charlie Kupperman has been named the acting national security adviser.
Charlie Kupperman will be acting national security adviser following the firing of John Bolton, White House says – @PeterAlexander
Kupperman was appointed earlier this year amid intense criticism from civil rights group. Al Jazeera reported back in January:
Kupperman served on the board of directors for the Center for Security Policy (CSP) between 2001 and 2010, according to tax records.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based hate monitor, designates the CSP as an anti-Muslim hate group, pointing to the groups promotion of conspiracy theories claiming that Muslims have infiltrated the US government and seek to establish Islamic law in the country.
The Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on the Trump administration to revoke Kuppermans appointment.
Once again this is an example of Trump elevating foxes into the hen house, where Islamophobes are well placed to direct our nations national security priorities, Robert McCaw, director of CAIRs government affairs department, told Al Jazeera.
White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley went on Fox News to echo Trumps claim that Bolton was fired and did not resign.
That obviously contradicts Boltons assertion that he offered Trump his resignation last night and the president said they would discuss it today.
Gidley emphasized that Boltons priorities did not align with President Trumps, arguing that Trump has the right to appoint people who agree with him.
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.
Boltons firing followed a tense argument with Trump about the planned Taliban peace talks, per a CNN reporter.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.