John Bolton is out as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser.
Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that he fired Bolton Monday night.
“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,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
Bolton, however, claims he offered to resign before Trump fired him.
“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,’” Bolton tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
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Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, replaced H.R. McMaster as the president’s national security adviser last year. Bolton often agreed with Trump and regularly praised him on Fox News before getting the job.
Trump did not elaborate on what disagreements he had with Bolton. NBC News reports the two disputed how the U.S. should handle North Korea and Iran; Bolton also reportedly clashed with other top administration officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
It’s unclear what candidates Trump is considering to replace Bolton. Keith Kellogg, a national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, was in the running to replace McMaster last year.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019