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John Bolton Is Out as National Security Adviser

The president tweeted about the latest developments on Tuesday morning: 'I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration'

President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that he asked John Bolton, national security adviser, to resign from his post and that Bolton’s services “are no longer needed” by the administration.

“It’s very clear that his [Bolton’s] policies and priorities did not align with President Trump’s,” Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary, said on Fox News on Tuesday.

“The president did ask for John Bolton’s resignation, it was delivered today, and we’re in the process” of putting into place a new national security adviser, Gidley also told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on “Outnumbered Overtime” in an interview.

Here is part of the president’s tweet on the matter on Tuesday: “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.”

Here are the full two tweets:

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“He wants someone who can carry out his agenda [that] he ran on, [including] getting out of some of these wars that we’ve been in for decades,” Gidley also told Fox News this morning.

The president also “wants to protect our interests across the globe,” said Gidley.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “are going to take the podium at 1:30 p.m. today” to share some additional information, Gidley also noted on Fox News.

That briefing has now taken place.

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Bolton had been serving as the 27th national security advisor of the United States since April 9, 2018.

Bolton — as LifeZette previously reported —  had been the country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, but that appointment was made during a congressional recess. The confirmation process was a bruising affair with no assurance of a positive outcome, due to Bolton’s occasional personal bluntness and the fact that his forceful advocacy of conservative positions often irritated liberal Democrats and career diplomats. He served in that position from August 2005 to December 2006.

Bolton’s experience went back to tenures in the Department of Justice and the Department of State during President Ronald Reagan’s administration; he was among the Republican Establishment’s most experienced and knowledgable foreign policy hands. He articulated hard-line stances on the Iran nuclear deal, the North Korean denuclearization crisis, and dealings with Russia and China. He favored an aggressive American posture on the world scene and originally arrived in Washington as a protegé of Sen. Jesse Helms, a tough conservative Republican from North Carolina.

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