BREAKING: Trump Fires National Security Advisor Bolton

  • According to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, Charles Kupperman has been appointed acting National Security Advisor.
  • Minutes after Trump's tweet, Bolton himself tweeted that he resigned on his own, and that Trump would speak with him today.
  • Bolton and Trump had significant disagreements on war with Iran and talks with the Taliban.

In a tweet Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced that he had fired White House National Security Adviser John Bolton. Mr. Trump tweeted that he had informed Mr. Bolton Monday night that his services would no longer be required.

According to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, Charles Kupperman has been appointed acting National Security Advisor. Mr. Bolton is known as a fierce opponent of the Iranian government.

Charles Kupperman is the interim United States National Security Advisor. He previously served as Deputy National Security Advisor since January. Kupperman has held senior positions in defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Boeing and served in the administration of former President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He also served on the board of directors for the Center for Security Policy (CSP) between 2001 and 2010.

Mr. Trump tweeted that he was strongly opposed to many of Mr. Bolton’s suggestions, and others in his cabinet have said the same. Mr. Trump has written that he demanded Bolton’s resignation, and said Mr. Bolton had submitted his resignation letter to the him this morning. Mr. Trump thanked Mr. Bolton for his services and said he would introduce a new National Security Advisor next week. Minutes after Trump’s tweet, Bolton himself tweeted that he resigned on his own, and that Trump would speak with him today.

The Dispute over Iran

Mr. Trump did not elaborate on the details of the dispute between himself and Mr. Bolton, but reports in recent months have suggested that US policy and position on Iran has been one of the main points of contention. Although both were staunchly opposed to Iran’s nuclear deal, Mr. Bolton has always taken a more aggressive stance towards the Iranian government, while Mr Trump has sought to negotiate a new deal with Iran.

One of the most significant events that unfolded between the US president and his National Security Adviser was the decision to halt a military strike on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US drone by the Revolutionary Guard. Trump decided to cancel the strike at the last minute, while Bolton strongly advocated for the attack.

Talks with Taliban, Bolton on the Sidelines

On the other hand, Mr. Bolton’s disagreement with Mr. Trump over recent US talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan has been the latest blow to the relationship. A few days ago, the Washington Post reported this dispute, and reported that Mr. Bolton had been sidelined in the talks. The newspaper reported that Mr. Bolton was strongly opposed to the US deal with the Taliban, and had therefore not been invited to an important meeting by US security officials in early August to discuss the talks.

The Taliban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war (an insurgency, or jihad) within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

It was also reported that Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, had not provided Bolton with a copy of the draft agreement between the United States and the Taliban. According to the US official, Bolton’s opposition to diplomatic efforts to end the war in Afghanistan has angered Trump and forced Trump’s allies to drop him from the list of sensitive talks on a peace deal with the Taliban.

On the sidelines, Mr. Bolton raised questions about his influence in the Trump administration, which is seeking to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, deal with North Korea over its nuclear program, and enter into talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.


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