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John Bolton Fires Back At Trump’s Claim That He Was Fired: ‘I Offered To Resign Last Night’

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John Bolton Fires Back At Trump’s Claim That He Was Fired: ‘I Offered To Resign Last Night’




National Security Adviser John Bolton contradicted President Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning announcing that he had “informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House” and “asked John for his resignation.”

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter.



Minutes after Trump’s surprise tweet, Bolton swiftly responded saying that he had offered to resign on Monday night.

“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,'” Bolton wrote, slightly contradicting Mr. Trump’s account that he had asked for Bolton’s resignation.

The former Fox News contributor texted Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade, writing: “Let’s be clear — I resigned.”

According to CBS News: “White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham reaffirmed to reporters that Mr. Trump asked for Bolton’s resignation letter Tuesday night. She also confirmed that Bolton is not currently at the White House.”

In a text to The Daily Beast, Grisham disputed Bolton’s description of how he left the administration.

“Last night, Potus said he wanted Bolton’s resignation on his desk tomorrow AM. Bolton delivered it. Simply put, many of Bolton’s policy priorities did not align w POTUS,” Grisham said.

Bolton responded in a text to The Daily Beast: “[White House] press secretary statement is flatly incorrect.”

The New York Times’ Peter Baker tweeted: “Bolton differs from Trump version of his resignation. ‘Offered last night without his asking,’ he texts me. ‘Slept on it and gave it to him this morning.’ ”




CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted: “John Bolton and President Trump got into a bitter argument last night over the president’s plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David, two people tell me. It’s unclear if it was on the phone or in person.”








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