President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that Head National Security Advisor John Bolton would be leaving the Trump administration.
The news comes after reports that Bolton advised against a planned meeting between Trump and leaders of the Taliban at Camp David on the week of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
....I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I… https://t.co/d3xTEZySNk— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1568131106.0
Trump asserted that he asked Bolton for his resignation on Monday night, noting that he "disagreed strongly" with many of Bolton's suggestions.
The hasty announcement of Bolton's departure was immediately made national news, but things got more convoluted when Bolton took to Twitter minutes after Trump's announcement to say that he'd offered to resign on Monday night and that the President said they'd talk about it later.
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."— John Bolton (@John Bolton) 1568131803.0
Bolton then began texting Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade as Kilmeade was on the air. Again, Bolton insisted that he'd resigned.
BOLTON IS TEXTING FOX HOSTS WHO ARE ON AIR TO DISPUTE TRUMP'S ACCOUNT OF HIS FIRING Kilmeade: "John Bolton just te… https://t.co/EIxv9GJt2J— Lis Power (@Lis Power) 1568132405.0
Bolton texted the same thing to Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa.
Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1568132210.0
It appears Bolton's assertion is right—or at least that news of his firing hadn't reached the White House early this afternoon. Bolton was scheduled to brief reporters at the White House at 1:30 PM the day of his firing. His appearance was still scheduled in press packets sent to journalists by the White House Tuesday morning.
Trump has yet to respond to Bolton's claim, but it sure looks like Bolton found out he was fired at the same time the rest of the world did.
Not for the first time, a senior Trump adviser found out he was getting fired via Twitter https://t.co/7EF5AoJgZZ— Adrian Morrow (@Adrian Morrow) 1568132090.0
Someone just found out he was fired by tweet. https://t.co/PhYlzqQRFI— Heather Hughson (@Heather Hughson) 1568133080.0
@realDonaldTrump This tweet is probably when @AmbJohnBolton found out he was fired.— Unheralded Herald (@Unheralded Herald) 1568132129.0
Bolton is thought by many on both sides of the aisle to be a warmonger, and was reportedly eager to begin military conflict in Iran. Now that he's safely out of the administration, people are hoping he joins the list of former Trump administration members who've turned against their old boss.
@AmbJohnBolton @srmduke87 SPILL ALL THE TEA John. For America.— 🎄Impeachment is here (@🎄Impeachment is here) 1568132040.0
@AmbJohnBolton Trump fired Bolton. Pompeo and Mnuchin looked giddy in their press conference ... almost as if they’… https://t.co/XP1GLT5Mah— Blue Girl in a Red State (@Blue Girl in a Red State) 1568137942.0
@AmbJohnBolton Now do the country a service and come clean about what is going on in the madhouse.— Ѕőмε Ĝůŷ (@Ѕőмε Ĝůŷ) 1568132055.0
Even if Bolton revealed everything he knows about the inner-workings of the administration, who would the nation believe when forced to choose between a warmonger or a serial liar?
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