Trump fires uber-hawk John Bolton as national security advisor
Bolton is out
Trump made the announcement on twitter that John Bolton is out.
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. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
Bolton is a notorious hawk, especially in the middle east. No doubt that some of the issues Trump referred to related to taking a more militaristic approach.
Bolton was Pres Trump's third National Security Advisor after Michael Flynn and H. R. McMaster, both were asked to resign. Bolton has served since April 9 2018.
You can see the reaction immediately in oil as it falls on falling chances of bombs falling in Iran.
Update: Bolton is on twitter, seeming to indicate he was caught blindsided by the announcement. If so, he shouldn't have been because Trump has done the same thing a number of times.
The final flash point might have been a meeting with the Taliban that was supposed to take place on the weekend at Camp David. CNN reported that Bolton and Pence were strongly against it.