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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Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

MIC won't be happy.


This is fantastic news, but Trump needs to send Pompeo and Abrams packing too. Neocons have no place in Trump's administration or any other as they've already had their day and are utterly unwilling to change their odious views.

I always thought Bolton and Pompeo were pushed onto Trump (by Adelson?) and seeing Trump finally push back is wonderful. Good riddance to a guy who never should have been hired in the first place and surprised no one with his rhetoric.



  • No new wars

  • Fired Bolton

  • Talking with Taliban and trying to work a deal to withdraw from Afghanistan

  • Defeated ISIS in Iraq and Syria

  • Better terms with North Korea than the last 40 years of US presidents

  • Called the war in Iraq a big fat mistake

  • Wants dialogue with Russia and a return to the G8

Portrayed as warmonger by the fake legacy media.


Two wars obama "I am pretty good at killing people" has a Nobel Peace Prize.


Impossible to know why Trump hired him ... no way of knowing what kind of quid pro quo's with hidden political forces there may have been. That said, on the surface it sure looks like Trump has severely hampered his administration by not being able to pick reliable staff who know how to operate the levers of power (? Jeff Sessions).



"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."

I believe his story too

  1. He offered to resign
  2. That's not resigning
  3. Thus he was fired

Those are the facts and Bolton admitted point 1