Via Politico, here’s turnover in the highest reaches of the Trump administration Americans uninterested in starting another war won’t object to:
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump wrote.
“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,” the president continued, adding that he will name a new national security adviser sometime next week.
But Bolton, who was scheduled to appear at a White House briefing later Tuesday afternoon alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, offered a conflicting account on Twitter minutes after the Trump’s posts.
The appointment of neoconservative firebrand John Bolton as Donald Trump’s national security adviser set of alarm bells across the globe, stoking fresh fears of interventionism and renewed American belligerence in lieu of diplomacy–and in the end even Trump couldn’t stomach Bolton’s bellicosity, as the New York Times reports:
To his admirers, Mr. Bolton was supposed to be a check on what they feared would be naïve diplomacy, a cleareyed realist who would keep a president without prior experience in foreign affairs from giving away the store to wily adversaries. But Mr. Trump has long complained privately that Mr. Bolton was too willing to get the United States into another war.
Bolton is apparently strongly disputing the claim that he was “fired,” but the method of his departure really doesn’t make much difference. In short, it is now somewhat less likely that we’ll have a war under President Trump.
We’ll call that an incrementally good thing.