Trump expels dissident Baz Bolton over foreign policy


WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump abruptly forced his aggressive national security adviser, John Bolton, with whom he disagreed on Tuesday, to face Iran, Afghanistan and other global challenges.

The sudden shock marked the final farewell of a prominent voice of dissent from the president's inner circle, as Trump has accepted his advice, contrary to his instincts. This comes just weeks before the United Nations General Assembly, and at a difficult time for Trump on the world stage when the president makes immediate decisions on difficult foreign policy issues.

In recent months, tensions have escalated in Bolton between Trump's third national security adviser and other officials, handling the impact on the president's class and his willingness to negotiate with some of the world's most obnoxious actors. Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has defended doubts about the North Korean president's stance and recently became an internal critic of possible talks between Trump and Iran's leaders and Afghanistan's Taliban Are.

Bolton also severed ties with Trump with a strong condemnation of Russia's global aggression, and last year he set up a silent campaign with the administration and allies abroad, allowing Trump to maintain Islamic State and Iranian influence in the US state of Syria Asked for to counter. In area. Bolton's maneuver at the time, which effectively overturned, contrasted with former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' decision to reject Trump's announcement of his return in December.

On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump and Bolton offered opposing accounts about the adviser's unfriendly departure, the final shots that were almost a frantic affair from the start.

Trump tweeted that he told Bolton on Monday night that his services at the White House were no longer necessary and Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday morning. Bolton responded in a tweet on Monday offering resignation "and President Trump said:" Let's talk about it tomorrow. ""

Trump reported that he "strongly disagrees" with many of Bolton's suggestions as national security advisors, "like others in the administration."

Bolton's resignation letter contained only two sentences on Tuesday. He wrote: "Dear Mr. President, I resign immediately as an assistant to the President for national security matters. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve our country." He signed the letter "Sincerely, John R. Bolton."

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was traveling with Trump on Monday, said reports of a weeklong Bolton protest with the Taliban at Camp David were fired, "a bridge too far." For Trump.

And a Republican familiar with the disagreement between Trump and Bolton said the adviser's opposition was a starting factor for a possible meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to organize a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, presumably in hopes of avoiding Iran's international nuclear deal that led Trump to back down.

“Many times when Ambassador Bolton and I did not agree. To be sure, "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. He said that Trump has made it clear that he is ready to meet unconditionally with Rouhani". "

Treasury Secretary Steven Menshin, who appeared with Pompeo at the White House, voluntarily stated: "The President's opinion about Iraq and Ambassador Bolton's war was very different."

A former Bush administration official, Bolton has defended aggressive foreign policy ideas that bounce back to the Reagan administration and is known as the US ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush for his support for the Iraq War. Trump initially supported the 2003 US invasion, but later became an outspoken critic.

The Iranian government praised Bolton's departure, and spokesman Ali Rabei said it could pave the way for warm relations. "By shooting down the biggest supporter of the war and economic terrorism, the White House will face fewer barriers to understanding Iran's realities," he said in a tweet. Tehran called the US sanctions against Iran "economic terrorism".

Pompeo said: "I don't think any leader in the world should accept that President Trump's foreign policy will change materially as soon as someone comes out of our midst."

Bolton's well-known ideas about foreign policy and his harsh rhetoric for enemies of the United States made him a man in sacks suitable for people like North Korea and Iran, who have attacked him in the media.

His expulsion was a surprise to many in the White House. Just one hour before Trump's tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would order to attend an information session with Ann Pompeo and Mnuchin of forms of fighting terrorism. It was not.

Signals have increased due to global problems and pressure. With the thick recession, Trump is increasingly liking attendees who are ready to defend him on television. Bolton was temporarily reserved to appear on Sunday talk shows in late August but said he was not comfortable with some of the administration's plans, and he said the president's anger, according to a government official Prompted for. The White House is not authorized to speak privately. Conversations

Bolton and his National Security Council staff were also viewed with caution by some in the White House who viewed him with his agenda compared to the president, and behind Bolt's staff leaking information about Trump Some administrative assistants have accused him of embarrassing them.

Trump was not always likely to be the third national security adviser, a world-view insufficient for the president's separatist declarations "America First." He considered running for the presidency in 2016, partly to present a case against separatism that Trump would incarnate.

Still, Trump had praised Bolton for years, praising him on Twitter since 2014. Trump told aides that he felt Bolton was a "murderer" on television.

Defending Bolton after Tuesday's announcement, a person close to him said he was authorized to say one thing: Because he was a national security adviser, someone "misbehaved" about Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria " did not do. The man, who did not say who gave the authorization, did not discuss the issue by name and only spoke on condition of anonymity.

When asked to respond to the person's comment, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told smiling reporters: "It seems like someone is trying to protect you."

Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said there was concern about the rotation of the president's foreign policy team.

Murphy said, "John Bolton was the wrong choice, and the positive side of this instability is that there will be fewer people voicing war in the president's ears." "But no person of any quality is going to take a job in the country's national security cabinet, as long as everyone's head stays a little above the cutting block permanently."

But in 2012, a Republican presidential candidate, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, opposed Bolton's impeachment, calling it "a major loss to the country and the administration."

He said that "in making decisions, you want people who disagree and present a very different view."

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Deputy National Security Adviser Charles Kuperman and a former Reagan administration official and defense executive would play Bolton on an interim basis. Trump said he would name Bolton's replacement next week.

Bolton was appointed to the post in March 2018 following the departure of Army General HR McMaster.