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Tuesday 20th March 2018

“Hawkish Views” Prompted and Toppled John Bolton- Analysis

Politics

Mohamed Tharwat

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:18 GMT

The National Security Adviser post in US president Donald Trump’s tenure has become vulnerable, as Trump fired John Bolton on Tuesday September 10th, and said he will announce his fourth official to hold that position next week.

“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”, Trump said on twitter.

“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”, added Trump.

Bolton was picked as the National Security Adviser in March 2018, replacing Herbert Raymond McMaster, who spent just over a year on the job, General McMaster himself had replaced Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who was fired after less than a month in the job for misleading the White House about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

In the first stage Bolton was the best ally to Trump, as he holds the same hawkish views, especially regarding Iran, and he supported the US president’s desire to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal.

But the same “Hawkish Views” that brought Bolton to the post were the same that led to his dismissal by Trump, US media outlets said.

Trump and Bolton have clashed recently over the President's vision for diplomacy in North Korea and most recently over Afghanistan, CNN reported.

The campaign by Trump allies to push Bolton out of the administration had ramped up in recent weeks, multiple sources told CNN.

Last week, the Washington Post reported that Bolton had been side-lined as top officials prepared for negotiations with the Taliban. Bolton's staunch opposition to a peace deal irritated the President, who has made clear that he wants to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2020.

But in a surprise move, Trump announced on Monday September 9th that the talks with Taliban are “dead”.

In a quick reaction to Bolton’s dismissal, two prominent Republican senators have completely contrasting views about his dismissal.

"The loss of John Bolton as a senior leader in foreign policy is an extraordinary loss for our nation and for the White House," said Senator Mitt Romney the ex-presidential nominee in 2012 elections told CNN.

“He was an important voice in the room because he would take a different view”, Romney added.

But fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul, a leading Bolton critic, said the chances of war worldwide go greatly down with his firing.

"He has a naive view that believes we should recreate the world in our own image by toppling countries by violent overthrow and somehow democracy will prevail," Paul said about Bolton.


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