FILE - In this April 9, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with national security adviser John Bolton in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington at the start of a meeting with military leaders. Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Photo: AP
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Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy

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By ZEKE MILLER and DEB RIECHMANN

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

The sudden shake-up marked the latest departure of a prominent voice of dissent from the president's inner circle, as Trump has grown less accepting of advice contrary to his instincts. It also comes at a trying moment for Trump on the world stage, weeks ahead of the United Nations General Assembly and as the president faces pressing decisions on difficult foreign policy issues.

Tensions between Bolton, Trump's third national security adviser, and other officials have flared in recent months over influence in the president's orbit and how to manage his desire to negotiate with some of the world's most unsavory actors. Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president's whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea, and recently has become a vocal internal critic of potential talks between Trump and leaders of Iran and Afghanistan's Taliban.

Bolton also broke with Trump with his vocal condemnation of Russia's global aggressions, and last year he masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to persuade Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region. Bolton's maneuvering at the time contrasted with former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' decision to instead resign over Trump's December withdrawal announcement, which has been effectively reversed.

On Twitter Tuesday, Trump and Bolton offered opposing accounts on the adviser's less-than-friendly departure, final shots for what had been a fractious relationship almost from the start.

Trump tweeted that he told Bolton Monday night his services were no longer needed at the White House and Bolton submitted his resignation Tuesday morning. Bolton responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign Monday "and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"

Trump explained that he had "disagreed strongly" with many of Bolton's suggestions as national security adviser, "as did others in the administration."

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who had been traveling with Trump Monday, said reports of Bolton's opposition to a now-scrapped weekend meeting with the Taliban at Camp David was a "bridge too far" for Trump.

And one Republican familiar with the disagreements between Trump and Bolton said the adviser's opposition to a possible meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was a precipitating factor. French President Emmanuel Macron has been trying to broker such a meeting, possibly on the sidelines of the upcoming U.N. General Assembly, in hopes of salvaging the international Iran nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew.

"There were many times that Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed. That's to be sure," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday. He added that Trump has been clear that he is willing to meet with Rouhani "with no preconditions."

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who appeared with Pompeo at the White House, volunteered: "The president's view of the Iraq war and Ambassador Bolton's was very different."

A former Bush administration official, Bolton has championed hawkish foreign policy views dating back to the Reagan administration and became a household name over his vociferous support for the Iraq war as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush. Trump initially supported the 2003 U.S. invasion, but subsequently became a vocal critic.

The Iranian government hailed Bolton's departure, and spokesman Ali Rabiei said it might pave the way for warmer relations. "By dismissal of the biggest supporter of war and economic terrorism, the White House will face less barrier to understand realities of Iran," he said in a tweet. Tehran calls the U.S. sanctions on Iran "economic terrorism."

Pompeo said, "I don't think any leader around the world should make any assumption that because some one of us departs that President Trump's foreign policy will change in a material way."

Bolton's well-known foreign policy views and harsh rhetoric for U.S. foes had turned him into a convenient boogeyman for the likes of North Korea and Iran, which have assailed him in the media.

His ouster came as a surprise to many in the White House. Just an hour before Trump's tweet, the press office announced that Bolton would join Pompeo and Mnuchin in a briefing on new Iranian sanctions. He did not.

As pressure has mounted amid global troubles and signs of an economic slowdown at home, Trump has increasingly favored aides who are willing to defend him on television. Bolton was tentatively booked to appear on a pair of Sunday talk shows in late August but backed out, saying he was not comfortable with some of the administration's plans, and that drew the president's ire, according to a White House official not authorized to discuss private conversations

Bolton and his National Security Council staff were also viewed warily by some in the White House who viewed them as more attuned to their own agendas than the president's — and some administration aides have accused Bolton's staff of being behind leaks of information embarrassing to Trump.

He was always an unlikely pick to be Trump's third national security adviser, with a world view seemingly ill-fit to the president's isolationist "America First" pronouncements. He briefly considered running for president in 2016, in part to make the case against the isolationism that Trump would come to embody.

Still, Trump had admired Bolton for years, praising him on Twitter as far back as 2014. Trump had told allies he thought Bolton was "a killer" on television.

Defending Bolton after Tuesday's announcement, a person close to him said they had been authorized to say one thing — that since he had been national security adviser there had been no "bad deals" on Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria. The person, who did not divulge who had given the authorization, was not allowed to discuss the issue by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

When asked to respond to the person's comment, White House press secretary Grisham smiled and told reporters: "Sounds like just somebody trying to protect him."

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said the turnover in the president's foreign policy team was a cause for worry.

"John Bolton was the wrong choice and the silver lining to this instability is that there will be fewer people whispering war chants in the president's ear," said Murphy. "But no one of any quality is going to take a job in the nation's national security cabinet so long as everyone's head is permanently hovering slightly above the chopping block."

But Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 nominee for president, bemoaned Bolton's ouster, calling it "an enormous loss for the country and for the administration."

He added that "in decision making you want people who disagree and who offer a very different perspective."

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Charles Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser and a former Reagan administration official and defense contracting executive, would fill Bolton's role on an acting basis. Trump said he would name a replacement for Bolton next week.

Bolton was named to the post in March 2018 after the departure of Army Gen. H.R. McMaster.

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However despicable Bolton is, he's right on opposing the taliban invite to Camp David(if that was the reason for his departure)

Trump is so desperate to get at least one deal done in the 1 year that he left, he'll go to any lengths.

But as Trump is realising the hard way, doing a deal for the country is very different from the crooked deals he did in business .

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Trump and Bolton have different accounts of how they went their separate ways

Who to believe - obviously one of them would be lying

Bolton is a 2003 Iraq War neocon hawk, which makes it strange that Trump hired him in the first place. Bolton didn't want the Taliban at Camp David of all places especially just days before the anniversary of Sept 11. Camp David was where the US leaders took refuge and held strong symbolically for the nation after 9-11

Israel often sides with Bolton. Israel sees what's happening in North Korea and worries that it would also happen with iran

Basically, what Israel sees with North Korea is the US hardline policy stance, but then Trump chummy it up with Kim just to make himself look good personally with his supporters but doesn't really get anything back policy-wise from Kim

Israel is afraid that without Bolton, Trump will chummy it up with iranian officials just to make himself look good personally but don't really get anything back policy-wise from Iran

Netanyahu is worried with this latest of yet revolving turnover in the White House

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Iran progressively breaking out of their nuclear deal commitments... Trump making the world safer, yeah, right only the lala land bubble.

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Really! Like what?

Let’s start with North Korea (Trump solved it you said) And China (winning trade wars is easy you said).

Actually, I cant remember any examples of you actually ever being correct.

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I forgot to add that the worst thing to do is feed trolls. Most of us are guilty of feeding Trumpophiles though.

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The past two years has shown over and over that the things you predict are consistently wrong.

Really! Like what?

It's quite obvious that Donny is a troll and so are Trumpophiles.

It's quite obvious you have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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Massive American bombing going on in Iraq.

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Trump being Trump, believing what he says over what someone else says is stupid.

Bolton being Bolton, believing anything he says about Iran is like believing what the Christchurch mass murderer says about Islam.

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BintaroToday  08:59 am JST

Trump finally got tired of Bolton's walrus mustache !

Well he has got 3 of them after all.

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So it would be better to keep him on? Which is it, Chip?

It's not a binary issue, Serrano. It would have been better for Donny to have been competent in his hiring.

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Finally, this globalist warmonger is out. Too late, but better late than never!

And he was hired by.......

Unsurprisingly, on CNN, they this as another reasong to lambast Trump. Yep, we must make war because orange man bad!

Orange Man stupid for hiring NEOCON....according to your quote above....

Well at least I assured that as long as the globalist propaganda media are hating Trump, he is doing something right. If CNN applauded him, I would be worried.

When he does something worth applauding, like resigning, I'm sure they would...

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Unsurprisingly, on CNN, they this as another reasong to lambast Trump.

Trump. Hired. Bolton. In the first place. Capable managers hire the right people for the job in the first place... not because they say nice things about you on tv.

Yes, he should be lambasted.

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Finally, this globalist warmonger is out. Too late, but better late than never!

Unsurprisingly, on CNN, they this as another reasong to lambast Trump. Yep, we must make war because orange man bad!

Well at least I assured that as long as the globalist propaganda media are hating Trump, he is doing something right. If CNN applauded him, I would be worried.

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For firing...

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Trump should get credit for hiring a whack-job he shouldn’t have hired in the first place? Priceless. What a dumpster fire of an administration.

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A WH insider say Trump was outraged when Bolton sat on his favorite sharpie and clean broke it in two.

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I never thought in a million years i would say this but...good job on this one Mr. Trump

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I didnt elect his advisors and the President is not bound in any way to actually accept their advice as correct.

It whats the word says....."advice".

So what? This President doesn't need "advice" - I mean, he's said he is smarter than all the Generals when it comes to the military. He says he's the world greatest businessman when it comes to the economy. He claims to be the most moral person in America so he doesn't need any religious advice.

Hey, when you're a "stable genius" and you have all omnipotent black Sharpie, why do you need experts around offering advice, right?

Now, let's get the nukes ready for that next hurricane....

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I didnt elect his advisors and the President is not bound in any way to actually accept their advice as correct.

It whats the word says....."advice".

actually its the job of the POTUS to listen to his advisors

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Bass:. Carlson is by all means a “No fan” of Bolton he totally ripped him to shreds tonight

Ah, I'm starting the show at 30 minutes in and they've moved on from the coverage of Bolton.

I respect your continuity in Bolton. I disagree that he's a good man. But at least you aren't doing a 180. Respect.

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Trump has zero political and diplomatic experience coupled with too many negative traits

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When you take the job, you serve at the pleasure of the president and if you don’t agree or your worldview doesn’t fit with the presidents word for you, then you should resign,

actually its the job of the POTUS to listen to his advisors, they have more much experience in their fields than the president. But no Trump doesn't listen , he thinks he know better than everybody and his botch policies with Russia, NK and Iran is proof of that

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The world's been a safer place since Jan 20, 2017. LMFAO.

Russia developing new hypersonic weapons, Iran back to developing nukes, NK testing more missiles to deliver its nukes, guess who made that all possible. and no it wasnt that previous black man in the white house

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Trump's working on it. We have draw-downs going on in Syria and Afghanistan as we speak.

like hes working on that wall that Mexico paying for and that trade war with China, NK giving up its nukes, still nothing, been hearing that same old "working on it" excuse for the last 3yrs

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????? He was an original NEOCON which you have savaged as "RINOs" in the past,

Yes, but I still respect the man. Lincoln, I don’t live with rage and anger like some people, I have a great life, money and I can respect a person, but disagree with them on certain issues. He (Bolton) is someone I always respected despite the ups and downs of the Iraq war.

OK, I'm confused, after savaging Romney, McCain, and all other RINOs, you have "respect" for this one?

and was the architect of the Iraq War which you've said was a huge mistake...

To a certain degree it was.

Yea, Cheney's right hand man....

So, was he fired or did he resign?

How would I know or anyone really know. I wasn’t in the room.

Do you believe Trump or Bolton?

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The haters of Bolton should praising the President for this news. Thank you for your service Mr. Bolton.

why praise Trump!? hell just replace him with another right wing nutjob

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I think for myself, and do not belong in anybody's camp

Of course! You're unique, just like all the other Republicans who have always hated Bolton as of today.

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I suspect the firing is connected to Netanyahu's pledge to annex much of the West Bank, probably with Bolton's backing...

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Great move but this administration still doesn’t have a foreign policy other than making waves, photo-ops, and spotlight diplomacy.

Trump doesn’t care about intl relations, he just wants pictures of himself with world leaders appearing to be solving problems. He wants that Nobel Peace Prize that Obama has.

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Of course, you didn't! As of today, every Trump supporter never liked Bolton!

I think for myself, and do not belong in anybody's camp

I think most of Trump is doing is long overdue, and for that, he deserves great respect

The firing of Bolton, Mattis and others tells me Trump is an independent thinker

Bolton and others like him are dangerous people. If you ever worked in the government you

would know that there are many like them; career bureaucrats whos view of the world is

dated. Comey was another goof I did not like, as well as SECDEF Gates under Obama.

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With the firing of Bolton the world is just a little safer this morning!

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President Trump's administration has seen a considerable amount of high-profile staff turnover during its first year.

When you take the job, you serve at the pleasure of the president and if you don’t agree or your worldview doesn’t fit with the presidents word for you, then you should resign, that is what your job is to execute the ideas and worldview of the president he is the boss not the other way around and it is OK if you disagree with him, you’re free to go, you are always allowed to say your opinion, but the president doesn’t have to act on that opinion, but you cannot hinder the president because you’re not the president. If the president and this doesn’t matter Democrat or Republican whatever he wants to have it done, you do it and if you don’t then you are free to resign or be terminated which ever comes first.

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Bring US forces home

Trump's working on it. We have draw-downs going on in Syria and Afghanistan as we speak.

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@bas4fThe real people that are complaining are the ones that don’t have a backup plan for regime change.

In the last few decades, how's regime change worked out for the nation's that have been regime changed (sic)?

Or are Trump supporters only concerned for the investments they might have in the global corporations that stand to profit.

Leave sovereign states alone. Bring US forces home. Stop spending so much on defense to protect big oil and its financiers.

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The world's been a safer place since Jan 20, 2017. Could have been the other way around.

Amen

Speaking of elections, Dems lost both today in N.C

Well, they always have 2024 buckle up.

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No liberal love for Bolton?

Trump was elected while Bolton was selected. So Bolton is gone.

Speaking of elections, Dems lost both today in N.C.

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The world is a safer place tonight.

The world's been a safer place since Jan 20, 2017. Could have been the other way around.

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The world is a safer place tonight.

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Hey Serrano, you're 7 posts in and have yet to give us your opinion.

Do I really have to spell it out? Yeah, Bolton gone is good.

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Credit where credit is due, Bolton is one scary beever Trump ... cough cough cant believe im writting this... did the right thing.

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Now that Bolton has been sent packing, President Trump should choose John Ratcliffe as his replacement. Imagine the good he could do aiding Barr and Durham by supporting the public release of documents revealing all the nefarious shenanigans by the last administration and its embeds who engaged in undermining a major political party candidate; a President-elect, and a President of the United States. His appointment would send shivers down the spines among the conspirators and those in the MSM who supported/enabled them.

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Never liked Bolton, a hang around from the Neo Con era, just like Cheney and Rumsfield.

Of course, you didn't! As of today, every Trump supporter never liked Bolton!

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AMEN !!!!...

2024 you might have a chance.

President Trump doesn't want war. Why make enemies and war which results in bloodshed and death when you can instead make business partners with whom you can make win-win deals?

This could turn out to be a real blessing in disguise. The real people that are complaining are the ones that don’t have a backup plan for regime change.

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Never liked Bolton, a hang around from the Neo Con era, just like Cheney and Rumsfield.

Did allot of damage to the world

I do like Mr Trump, however

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Serrano: Hey SuperLib, watch this and tell us if you disagree with anything Tucker Carlson says here:

Hey Serrano, you're 7 posts in and have yet to give us your opinion.

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@Burning Bush

Draining the swamp of Deepstate Neo-con warmongers

Well done Trump.

Exactly.

President Trump doesn't want war. Why make enemies and war which results in bloodshed and death when you can instead make business partners with whom you can make win-win deals?

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Great news! Bolton was clearly the worst, most vile member of the administration. He seemed to represent Israel, rather than the US, I suspect Trump had to hire him as a condition to receiving all the zionist funds.

Anyway, I hope Trump will do the same to Pompeo and Kushner next.

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@Serrano

I like how Trump has so far averted a war with Iran or North Korea.

I think you mean "averted attacks on Iran or North Korea" but do Trump supporters really believe stuff like that?

My bet for who is next?

Sadly, whoever Netanyahu and AIPAC wants.

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Hey Bolton, did you enjoy working for the devil???..

Now we need to fire the clown who hired Bolton.

AMEN !!!!...

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Bolton, a bridge too far! Probably move over to FAUX News or write his all revealing book.

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So, it would be better to keep him on? No? Can't have it both ways.

You're conflating two issues:

1) Whether Bolton was right for the position

2) Whether Trump is a good person to work for

No, Bolton wasn't any good. That doesn't somehow make Trump a good person to work for. Nor does it make Trump's position on Iran (and other countries) right.

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Carlson and Hannity will be on soon to give Trump fans their talking points.

Hey SuperLib, watch this and tell us if you disagree with anything Tucker Carlson says here:

Tucker: John Bolton refuses to acknowledge his mistakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-1-iz80u6s

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Bolton needs to be kept very, very far away from government. He was one of the ones that got us into Iraq needlessly.

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Carlson and Hannity will be on soon to give Trump fans their talking points

Carlson is by all means a “No fan” of Bolton he totally ripped him to shreds tonight, so not all conservatives are of a Borg monolithic cabal unlike Democrats.

Depends on how much they bend over and take it from Trump.

Thats just more liberal fantasy conspiracy theories. Lol

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Can you imagine the arguments these 2 crackpots would have with one another? In agreement with Bolton, however, about thinking Trump was nuts to try and bring the Taliban to Camp David during the 9/11 memorials. What a nutty president.

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Reminder to anyone still working for Trump: assume the position.

So, it would be better to keep him on? No? Can't have it both ways.

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I'm worried about the next despicable wretch lined up to replace him...

How about Chuck Norris? ( so far that's 0 for 4 )

Howz about Sylvester Stallone?

Seriously, though, what about HRC? She has all kinds of national security experience.

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I go with Bolton’s version of events.

You do that. Can't you just be happy that he's gone? Jeez...

I like how Trump has so far averted a war with Iran or North Korea.

So has every other president since Truman. It's not that impressive.

It is for the Koreans on both sides of the DMZ. And NK didn't have nukes until 2006.

Carlson and Hannity will be on soon to give Trump fans their talking points.

CNN and MSNBC are already on to complain, lol.

Trump finally got tired of Bolton's walrus mustache !

His mustache is flying at half mast around the country.

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Trump hired Bolton because he saw him on Fox. He liked the tough talk. Thought it would add some spice to the Trump brand.

Trump's foreign policy is built on show: military parades, photo ops with dictators and terrorists, withdrawal from treaties, belligerent tweets. All stuff that has minimal immediate effect, other than to boost Trump's popularity with his cult base.

I'm pretty sure that from the beginning Trump didn't envision Bolton lasting very long. It's all just gaslighting from the conman in chief.

Reminder to anyone still working for Trump: assume the position.

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Bolton is definitely not a liar. He believes what he believes.

That's right. That's what makes him so dangerous.

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I don’t like Bill Krystol who’s also a neocon, but for other reasons it just depends on individual.

Depends on how much they bend over and take it from Trump.

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Bolton probably only lies SOME of the time.

Bolton is definitely not a liar. He believes what he believes.

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I think both Republicans and Democrats are glad the hawk is gone.

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Bolton is a hypocrite and a coward...advocating more military and raising of force and being known as the 'architect' of the disaster of the Iraq war, where his views failed to understand there was no way out, once attacking Iraq....but choosing to support the Vietnam War, however purposely avoiding military service himself.

Both he and Trump 'somehow' avoided the draft and going to war, but are fine with the idea of someone else dying for them.

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Carlson and Hannity will be on soon to give Trump fans their talking points.

No doubt, maybe Limbaugh, Coulter, or one of the others they parrot. Early indications from one member of the global alt right is they want Chuck Norris, whose cheesecakes remind them of their hero Putin. Stud hee hee

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Glad to see Boulton go, but will be awaiting his spineless replacement... is Sean Spicer still in the area? Can he spell defense?

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Carlson and Hannity will be on soon to give Trump fans their talking points.

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Perhaps this will give Trump a chance to reverse some of his positions since he can just blame Bolton. Here's to hoping.

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Any move to that puts behind us the globalist, neo-lib legacy of the disaster known as the Bush administration has gotta be progress.

Yeah, no more dangerous, pointless, badly executed and expensive wars!

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Thank you for your service Mr. Bolton" (from Bass4funk)---what sheer nonsense!!!

That’s your opinion, I don’t think it’s nonsense. I can disagree with the man and his policies and still respect the man, I don’t have hate or anger or get emotionally involved, i just stated how I personally feel about the man. This is the problem liberals have, they invest too much emotion in everything, clouds the judgement. I don’t like Bill Krystol who’s also a neocon, but for other reasons it just depends on individual.

What service, counseling war, war, war, as if America hasn't had enough of it, and where has war gotten us? 12 years in Afghanistan, more bombs used than in WWII, and still the Taliban run 40% of the country!!!! Which is why we are at the peace table. "Thank you for your service," WHAT A JOKE!!!

Relax.

And these conservative posters, because they can never ever criticize dear leader (God, what they would have done to this man had he been a democrat!!!), is to rationalize the 9-11 Taliban love fest. Too comical.

It depends.

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The world just became a very slightly less dangerous place. I think we've got to give Trump credit for finally realizing that Bolton doesn't belong anywhere near the levers of power, even if the decision might have been more because Trump's ego was offended by Bolton's presumptuousness in opposing him rather than because of any recognition that Bolton is a dangerous lunatic. Still a few lunatics to go, though.

(Bolton)...briefly considered running for president in 2016, in part to make the case against the isolationism that Trump would come to embody.

And if Bolton had run, and had got in, by now vast swathes of the world would have been smoking wastelands.

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Trump finally got tired of Bolton's walrus mustache !

Poor guy won't get his war in Iran... yet.

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SerranoToday  08:41 am JST

I like how Trump has so far averted a war with Iran or North Korea.

So has every other president since Truman. It's not that impressive.

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????? He was an original NEOCON which you have savaged as "RINOs" in the past,

Yes, but I still respect the man. Lincoln, I don’t live with rage and anger like some people, I have a great life, money and I can respect a person, but disagree with them on certain issues. He (Bolton) is someone I always respected despite the ups and downs of the Iraq war.

and was the architect of the Iraq War which you've said was a huge mistake...

To a certain degree it was.

So, was he fired or did he resign?

How would I know or anyone really know. I wasn’t in the room.

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Always admired and been a fan of Bolton, good man, patriot, loves is country hate to see him go,

????? He was an original NEOCON which you have savaged as "RINOs" in the past, and was the architect of the Iraq War which you've said was a huge mistake...

I think Trump made a mistake on this one

So, was he fired or did he resign?

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Ahh.....Trump didn't like Bolton's objection to his lovefest with the TALIBAN on 9-11 at Camp David. No one objects to DEAR LEADER. I mean this gets more and more surreal. Inviting the taliban on 9-11??? But to our conservative posters, this is BRILLIANT. And thing is....little known fact....Trump continued discussions with the Taliban after they killed 10 people and one American soldier. Trying to keep it going, see, whereby they sign another bogus peace treaty, and he gets to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and be on Time Magazine. And Bolton, who like the OTHERS, found a way out of doing his service to his country (bonespurs?) is more than happy with bombing, and bombing and bombing, no matter how many women and children are killed. "Thank you for your service Mr. Bolton" (from Bass4funk)---what sheer nonsense!!! What service, counseling war, war, war, as if America hasn't had enough of it, and where has war gotten us? 12 years in Afghanistan, more bombs used than in WWII, and still the Taliban run 40% of the country!!!! Which is why we are at the peace table. "Thank you for your service," WHAT A JOKE!!! And these conservative posters, because they can never ever criticize dear leader (God, what they would have done to this man had he been a democrat!!!), is to rationalize the 9-11 Taliban love fest. Too comical.

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gokai_wo_maneku

Trump says he fired Bolton. Bolton says he resigned. Is the USA now a place where both of these are true at the same time?

Let’s face it, Trump lies ALL the time. Bolton probably only lies SOME of the time. I go with Bolton’s version of events.

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I'm worried about the next despicable wretch lined up to replace him...

How about Chuck Norris?

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I like how Trump has so far averted a war with Iran or North Korea.

Anyone else? Anyone else at all?

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I told you guys Trump had him on a short leash all along.

The ever revolving door of this flaming clown car of an administration just keeps spinning.

So it would be better to keep him on? Which is it, Chip?

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Always admired and been a fan of Bolton, good man, patriot, loves is country hate to see him go, but they both had very different political opinions when it came to Afghanistan, North Korea, and Valenzuela, I think Trump made a mistake on this one, but others don’t. Some people are happy with his ouster, others not. He serves at the pleasure of the president and apparently they couldn’t see eye to eye and it was time to part ways. The haters of Bolton should praising the President for this news. Thank you for your service Mr. Bolton.

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Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy

Nice to have some good morning news for a change...

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The proposed Taliban picnic was probably the last straw. Bolton would have gone ballistic. Good riddance.

Now, let the public oust the shameless sharpie in 2020.

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I'm going to hire the best..............!!!

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Trumpers yesterday: Bolton is one of the most experienced, trusted, and capable National Security Advisers ever.....the "Best"....

Trumpers today: He was a disaster! A worthless skunk! A Hillary supporter! The "Worst"....

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Bolton was hell bent on war with Iran. Trump's plan was always negotiation.

The battle of moronic policies.

The question isn't which one was better, it was which one was less bad.

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Netanyahu in full panic mode.

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And to answer the concerns of some people posting above, what Trump is essentially doing is undoing his initial mistakes. And boy was it ever a big one by appointing Bolton

Imagine how many of Donny's mistakes would never have happened had he approached things in a competent manner.

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Well as someone who has really been waning on Trump, (at least as of late) let me just say that I still agree with this. I mean I would have always agreed with this, I can’t stand this Bolton guy, but even more so now.

And to answer the concerns of some people posting above, what Trump is essentially doing is undoing his initial mistakes. And boy was it ever a big one by appointing Bolton. But thank God he got rid of him. Seriously, thank God.

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Whatever happened to that "best people" thing?

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A bucket of swamp scum out, a bucket in (Charles Kupperman).

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Moral? If knew anything about Trump's foreign policy, you'd have seen this comming.

If Donny had a coherent foreign policy, we could "know" something about it.

Bolton was hell bent on war with Iran. Trump's plan was always negotiation. Even Trump haters have to agree this was a good move.

Of course us rational adults (what you label as Trump haters) agree this was a good move. That, however, does nothing to negate that Donny appointed Bolton and that this administration goes through people like a pothead through Frosted Flakes.

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Now we need to fire the clown who hired Bolton.

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If Bolton was too moral for this idiot, we're in big trouble. 

I'm worried about the next despicable wretch lined up to replace him...

Moral? If knew anything about Trump's foreign policy, you'd have seen this comming. Bolton was hell bent on war with Iran. Trump's plan was always negotiation. Even Trump haters have to agree this was a good move.

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Draining the swamp of Deepstate Neo-con warmongers

Well done Trump.

Uhhh . . . You must have missed the part where Donny appointed Bolton. You are far, far too transparent.

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Good to see career swampman Bolton gone. But no doubt he'll remain in the swamp in some other capacity, just like Mattis and Kelly.

I'm worried about the next despicable wretch lined up to replace him...

The swamp's huge, even larger and deeper since Trump took over. No doubt Trump, maybe Little Stephen Miller because Trump's too busy playing golf and tweeting, will find a replacement as despicable as Bolton

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Trump says he fired Bolton. Bolton says he resigned. Is the USA now a place where both of these are true at the same time?

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Draining the swamp of Deepstate Neo-con warmongers

Well done Trump.

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Great to see Bolton out. A deplorable.

Who’s next in line? Barron?

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If Bolton was too moral for this idiot, we're in big trouble.

I'm worried about the next despicable wretch lined up to replace him...

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The ever revolving door of this flaming clown car of an administration just keeps spinning.

I cant wait to hear from Trumpophiles that used to say (before Donny fired him) that Bolton was exactly what we needed, etc. should be fun to watch them do a screeching 180 to keep up with Donny.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

Let's get the lingo correct here, forcing someone out, to the average reader, sounds as if Bolton had the higher hand to play.

Trump fired him, plain and simple. In the lingo of America, the president either asks for your resignation but typically tells them, "you aren't needed" and people hand in their resignations.

It's Trump's prerogative to do this, yet is it the wise thing to do?

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Trumps national security advisors are now wondering if the should start sleeping with him, since he seems to keep mistresses longer than security advisors. And it pays better in the long run too!

(the sad thing is that only one part of that joke is made up)

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Hah - so much for "John Bolton... the man... the legend..." One decision of Trump's I do agree with. I would also have agreed with never appointing Bolton to any position in the first place.

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Good riddance to that piece of garbage. All he ever accomplishes is an escalation in hostilities with no endgame.

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