Trump Fires National Security Advisor John Bolton: Good Riddance


A feud between John Bolton and Trump finally blew open today. There are conflicting stories about what happened.

Bolton's Tweet

Trump's Tweets

Robert Costa

Bolton Settles the Issue

Offering to resign is not resigning.

The New York Times has the correct headline: Trump Fires John Bolton as National Security Adviser.

President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.

His departure comes as Mr. Trump is pursuing diplomatic openings with two of the United States’ most intractable enemies, efforts that have troubled hard-liners in the administration, like Mr. Bolton, who view North Korea and Iran as profoundly untrustworthy.

The president has continued to court Kim Jong-un, the repressive leader of North Korea, despite Mr. Kim’s refusal to surrender his nuclear program and despite repeated short-range missile tests by the North that have rattled its neighbors. In recent days, Mr. Trump has expressed a willingness to meet with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran under the right circumstances, and even to extend short-term financing to Tehran, although the offer has so far been rebuffed.

Bolton's Consistent Message "Bomb Iran"

He repeatedly called on Tump to "Bomb, Bomb, Iran"

Bolton Wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times: To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran

Dangerous Obsession With Iran

Why Now?

Bolton's policy was known log ago. It never changed.

He never should have been hired in the first place.

Here’s the deal

  1. Trump needs deals to get re-elected
  2. Bolton doesn't want deals

Good Riddance

Of all Trump's appointments, Bolton was the worst.

The words "worst" and "good riddance" do not come close to expressing my feelings.

"Despise" is insufficient.

National Security Advisor John Bolton was an enormous security threat to the United States of America and the world in general.

For lack of anything else powerful enough to add, "Good Riddance".

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (49)
No. 1-22

One less warmonger...


Trump actually DID something RIGHT today .... to get rid of that fckn warmonging moustache....Good ....G R E A T !


Less war mongering in this administration than either Bush's or Obama's.


Why does Trump hire these nutjobs?

Country Bob
Country Bob

@Thalamus -- "Why does Trump hire these nutjobs?"

Keep your friends close, and keep your enemies closer.

Bush and Obama loved war; Trump does not. I think Trump hired Bolton for the purpose of wearing Bolton down in frustration. Get Bolton all excited about starting yet another war, and then yank the rug out from under him at the last minute.

Trump doesn't do things the "normal" way, at least not the normal Washington DC way. The press continues to underestimate Trump because they insist on judging Trump according to Washington DC metrics.... Washington DC is the problem.

Trump is far far far from perfect, but anything he does to dismantle the mess that is the political class is a good thing for the rest of the country.

Bolton is part of the career bureaucrat class that has profited from both the blood and treasure that rightfully belongs to taxpayers. My only regret in this story is that Trump didn't put Bolton more "in the spotlight" more often, let Bolton dig more of his grave himself. Sunlight is a great way to get rid of cockroaches. Allowing Bolton to leave with his reputation somewhat in tact means he might return in some future administration... it would have been better (longer lasting) if Bolton had left in disgrace.

So now a generation of military aged Americans will grow up with all their limbs still attached, and some foreign country will have to wreck itself without the USA "helping". Both good problems