The US president announced the dismissal of his National Security adviser, John Bolton, and mentioned strong disagreements about his recommendations.
"Last night I informed John Bolton that his services were no longer needed at the White House," Trump announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
"I strongly disagreed with several of his suggestions, as well as others in the Administration, and therefore I asked for his resignation, which was delivered to me this morning," Trump added.RELATED
Until now, in most of the numerous departures of officials, he had avoided going into details and maintained a cordial tone. Anyway, he thanked him for his service and said he would appoint a new advisor next week.
For his part, Bolton offered a slightly different version. "I offered my resignation to President Trump last night and he said 'let's talk tomorrow,'" he wrote.
While the government has not offered details on the disagreements Trump refers to, the US press published versions of opinions found regarding negotiations with the Taliban. According to local media, both Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence disagreed with the visit of the insurgent leaders to Camp David, the secondary residence of the US leaders, the scene of several historical agreements. Finally, the meeting was canceled, on the grounds of recent attacks in Afghanistan. These rumors were denied by Trump himself, who accused journalists of inventing news. "They are sad about how well the country is doing under MY leadership," he said.
In parallel, the adviser had an outstanding role on the crisis in Venezuela, being one of the greatest critics of the Nicolás Maduro regime. In addition, his sentences to Iran are also frequent, and he was one of the drivers of the US withdrawal to the Nuclear Agreement, announced two months after his arrival at the White House.
The news was surprising even for White House employees. Only an hour earlier, the press office kept a conference agenda in which Bolton planned to appear alongside Secretary of State Mike Pomepo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Bolton has held the position since March 2018, when he replaced General H. R. McMaster at a time of high tension with North Korea. With an ultraconservative ideology, he has expressed himself in favor of carrying out preventive attacks and not waiting for threatening regimes such as Kim Jong-un to initiate a military conflict.
Usually described as a neoconservative, he usually rejects that label and has described himself as a "libertarian," who prefers "freedom over democracy."
To be appointed advisor, he did not need the approval of the Senate, an instance that in the past was elusive. After promoting the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was appointed US ambassador to the UN (a body that looks with disdain), but had to leave office after the Upper House rejected his confirmation.