Republicans Split Over Trump’s Decision to Part Ways With John Bolton

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President Donald Trump fired his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, on Tuesday, bringing in mixed reactions online and raising some questions.

The president’s decision to can Bolton was announced on Twitter, where Trump said the departure was based on the pair’s disagreement — as well as disagreements between the former adviser and other administration officials — when it came to his “suggestions” regarding national security.

Trump said that he would be naming a new national security adviser “next week.”

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

However; Bolton broke from his former boss’ reasoning for his resignation, with multiple journalists reporting that the former adviser offered his resignation on Monday night and that Trump did not fire him.

“John Bolton tells me it is ‘flatly wrong’ to say the President asked him to resign,” wrote ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “‘I offered to resign last night,’ Bolton told me. ‘He never asked for me to resign directly or indirectly. I slept on it and resigned this morning.'”

The news also brought mixed reactions from people online, with politicians, pundits, and political people alike weighing in on Bolton’s departure.

Some celebrated Bolton leaving:

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — a staunch opponent of Trump’s former adviser — commended the president’s decision, saying that Trump has “great instincts” when it came to foreign policy.

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) — who left the Republican Party this year — said that Bolton “should never have been hired” to begin with.

Others were not as thrilled by the news:

Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro said the move was “terrible for the White House” and said that Bolton was “correct” when it came to the Taliban and not the State Department.

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was reportedly “very, very unhappy” about Bolton’s leaving and suggested “John Bolton” as a potential replacement.

One user pointed out how Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) opposed both the hiring and supposed firing of Bolton:

Another wondered what the conversation went like:

It is unclear at the moment who Trump will select to be his next national security advisor.

What do you think?

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General Confusion
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John Bolton was the man back in the 1970s. He used to take his wife to Plato’s Retreat, the swingers club in Manhattan. That was in her divorce filing. Stone and Manafort were into that, too. However, it is a small world because Czech spy Karl Koecher (one of the biggest CIA moles) used to go to Plato’s Retreat to meet his cohorts, to gather their info to send to the KGB. Giuliani got involved and he blew the case, of course. Giuliani helps to get rid of the Italian mafia and that helps the Russian mafia rise despite all… Read more »

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It appears – from Sen. Rand Paul’s comment – all members of the Trump Administration must be “Yes men/women” in order to remain employed and not permitted to voice an opinion in opposition to Trump. While I support this great POTUS, I oppose that tactic.

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