John Bolton: Trump sacks national security adviser

US President Donald Trump has fired his National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” he wrote.

“I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions,” Mr Trump wrote, adding that a new national security adviser would be appointed next week.

The firing comes amid reports of divisions in the Trump cabinet over a cancelled peace plan to invite the Taliban to the US.

Mr Bolton was Mr Trump’s third national security adviser after Michael Flynn and HR McMaster.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told reporters: “[The president] didn’t like a lot of his policies, they disagree.”

In response, Mr Bolton tweeted that he had offered his resignation on Monday night.

I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019

End of Twitter post by @AmbJohnBolton

According to a White House schedule, Mr Bolton had been due to host a White House briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just over two hours before Mr Trump tweeted that the national security adviser had been fired.

Mr Bolton had opposed peace talks with the Taliban, which Mr Trump scrapped at the weekend after inviting the group to the US for peace talks.

Mr Trump’s policy drew criticism especially because of its timing, close to the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks by al-Qaeda, a group that the Taliban had hosted in Afghanistan.

On Monday, Mr Trump announced that peace talks with the Taliban were “dead” due to a deadly car bomb attack by the group which killed one American soldier and 11 others.

According to Foreign Policy magazine, Mr Bolton had argued that inviting a US-designated terror group to Camp David – the presidential retreat outside Washington – would “set a terrible precedent”.

His opposition led to a growing rift with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who appeared on five separate news programmes on Sunday to defend Mr Trump’s outreach to the Taliban.

“If you’re going to negotiate peace, you often have to deal with some pretty bad actors,” Mr Pompeo told ABC.

(c) BBC

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