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

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Obviously, Trump shouldn't have hired Bolton in the first place. But why did he?

Bolton was hired five days after the last western military strike on Syria (following a false flag CWs 'attack') in April, 2018. Trump has endured heavy criticism each time he has expressed a desire to get out of Syria. One of the few things the establishment praised Trump for was attacking Syria (twice).

I suspect Trump hired Bolton mainly to appease warmongering critics in the US mil/industrial complex (and maybe Netanyahu also). But whatever the reason, by bringing in the worst of the warmongers and letting everyone see what these people have in store for US, and the world if they remain influential, Trump has shown a light on the Dark - whether he intended to or not.


First as far as who quit and who got fired. Trump has a poor history of telling the truth. Bolton may be a war monger but he's been relatively honest. I believe him.

Second about performing the function of NSA director. National Security Advisors perform a variety of functions - including serving as the President's senior most advisor on national security and convening cabinet level meetings on national security to inform POTUS on such decisions. Bolton did neither

Third Bolton and Trump agree on nothing. It's not about dissenting views, its about that they never shared the same mission , objectives or view of the world. There's been reporting that Trump debated hiring him based on his dislike of the mustache. While that may seem petty Trump does seem to have an affinity to hiring people he's seen on TV primarily FOX. It's not just Bolton but Kudlow(who does not share Trump's view on economics) and Monica Crowley to name a few.

Early on Trump had a few people on his team who inspired confidence and knew what they were doing. H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell are two names that fit that bill and held the office before Bolton.

G-d help us with who Trump picks as choice #4 and we're just over half way done with Trump's first term.

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Bolton thought it was hist job to stop bad deals. Trump was going ahead on North Korea and negotiating with the Taliban. Bolton wanted to bomb Iran too while Trump was apparently open to talks despite being against the Iran deal. There was no way they could work together. Seems to me Bolton quit


I heard he is considering Dick Cheney for his replacement




Cheney is too smart to take the job. Rohbacher would be my guess.


Mr. President, I'm sure the world will be a much friendlier and generally more agreeable place for us now that John Bolton is out. Can we have a peace-in-our-time tweet, please?


during His presidency upto now, Trump has done 2 things correct: never started a new war, and fired Bolton the warmonger!


Bolton is just the latest example that Trump has no process for vetting and hiring. This is one of those cases where EVERYONE saw this coming. We can quibble about whether Rex Tillerson was a good hire or not(I think it was a good pick that proved wrong) but most of Trump's picks were obvious failures from the start. What makes it more shocking is Trump campaigned on his management prowess despite clearly not having any.