President Donald Trump said today that he fired national security advisor John Bolton, saying on Twitter he had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” But minutes later, Bolton in his own tweet said that he “offered to resign” Monday night — and that Trump told him, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
Either way, Bolton’s departure shocked Washington, D.C., and oil crude futures fell. Bolton, who was named national security advisor to succeed H.R. McMaster in March 2018, is a harsh critic of Iran, and has advocated military strikes against that oil-rich nation.
“I informed John Bolton last night 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 said in a tweet.
“I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”
The tweet was posted about 90 minutes before Bolton was expected to appear at a press briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Bolton’s planned appearance had been publicly announced by the White House.
About 15 minutes later, Bolton posted this tweet:
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said on the air that Bolton had texted him, ” ‘Let’s be clear. I resigned.’ ” Kilmeade added, “And I said, ‘Do you mind if I say that while we’re talking?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’ ”
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNBC, when asked if Trump’s invitation to the Taliban to meet at Camp David for peace talks was the breaking point of his relationship with Bolton, said, “No — it was many, many issues.” Read more at CNBC.