Rand Paul Finally Speaks Out After Trump Fires Bolton
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On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul praised President Trump's decision to fire National Security Advisor John Bolton, calling it a "necessary action."
“I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views,” Paul said on Twitter.
I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views. https://t.co/XEBwzySxac— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 10, 2019
Earlier in the day, President Trump made the shocking announcement that he had forced Bolton to resign.
"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House." the President said in a tweet. "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."
....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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
According to Bolton however, it was he who suggested that it might be best for him to resign.
"I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow." Bolton said in a tweet.
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bolton's firing comes after President Trump made the announcement over the weekend that he had cancelled a meeting with Afghan leaders. Check out what NPR reported:
Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser and continued the pattern of departures by advisers who proved a bad fit for a White House led by the rare president with no prior experience with the military, national security or elected office.
The dismissal followed a head-spinning turn of events that began over the weekend with an announcement on Twitter by Trump that he had invited delegations from Afghanistan to Camp David to conclude peace talks there — but then cancelled the meeting before it could take place.
Trump then told reporters on the White House on Monday that he considered the peace negotiations to be "dead."
The president appeared to have taken on the Afghanistan portfolio himself and cut many of his advisers — including Bolton — out of the matter.
According to NPR, Bolton and Trump had strong disagreements regarding the war in Afghanistan which ultimately let to Bolton being excluded from certain meetings.
When asked if he was surprised about Bolton's firing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replied, "I’m never surprised. And I don’t mean that on just this issue.”
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