President Trump took questions today from the press on several topics, but the key question had to be on why he let John Bolton go.
President Trump was honest and gave a few examples of some of the “very big mistakes” Bolton made while National Security Advisor:
President Trump said that Bolton talked about the “Libyan Model” with Kim Jong Un and that wasn’t a smart move from Bolton because of what happened to Kadhafi. Remember that Kadhafi was murdered by his people.
President Trump continued saying that Bolton wanted to do things “tougher than me” and he wasn’t “getting along” with people in the administration. Bolton had been having issues with Mike Pompeo (see below), according to several sources.
Transcript: So, John is somebody that I actually got along with very well. He made some very big mistakes. When he talked about the Libyan model for Kim Jong-un, that was not a good statement to make. You just take a look at what happened with Gaddafi, that was not a good statement to make, and it set us back. And frankly, he wanted to do things not necessarily tougher than me.
You know, John is known as a tough guy. He’s so tough he got us sent to Iraq that’s tough. And, but he’s somebody that I had a very good relationship with, but he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important. And I hope we have left in good stead–but maybe we haven’t–maybe we haven’t.
Our previous report on Bolton’s departure:
President Trump tweeted about the firing and even said why he fired Bolton:
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.
The most common theory on Bolton’s firing is that Trump wouldn’t get into a war with Iran. Bolton has a reputation as a ‘war hawk.’
Just two days ago, The Washington Post published a blistering article about Bolton and Trump: The Collapse of Afghanistan Peace Talks Spotlights Internal Trump Administration Divisions – “Bolton is so distrusted on the president’s central prerogatives, for instance Afghanistan, that he’s not even allowed to see sensitive plans unsupervised.”
Reports of VP Pence and Bolton disagreeing with Trump on meeting at Camp David with the Taliban brought about the firing of Bolton.
One reporter from CNN said that Pompeo and Bolton had been in a power struggle:
The secretary of state & national security adviser rarely speak outside formal meetings. John Bolton has his eyes on Mike Pompeo’s job, who has his eyes on a Kansas Senate seat. Our latest on how long-simmering tensions have turned into all-out hostility:
The secretary of state & national security adviser rarely speak outside formal meetings. John Bolton has his eyes on Mike Pompeo's job, who has his eyes on a Kansas Senate seat. Our latest on how long simmering tensions have turned into all out hostility: https://t.co/lG6VHMWMTM
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 6, 2019
Someone will spill on what happened, but for now, it’s just all speculation…
What do you think happened to make Trump fire Bolton?