This afternoon President Donald Trump announced the dismissal of his third national security advisor, former ambassador John Bolton.
“I informed John Bolton 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.
Bolton almost immediately challenged this version of events. “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,’” the now former advisor tweeted. Bolton was simultaneously contacting multiple reporters to contradict the narrative that he was fired instead of leaving of his own accord.
The firing comes hours before what was meant to be a joint press conference including Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to designate Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria as a terrorist organization.
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