John Bolton resigns as Trump’s national security adviser


RIGHT NOW. NEIL: AS YOU SPEAK, DON’T MEAN TO INTERRUPT YOU, WE’RE LEARNING THAT JOHN BOLTON DIDN’T LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE. HE WAS ESSENTIALLY FIRED. A TWEET FROM THE PRESIDENT, I INFORMED JOHN BOLTON LAST NIGHT HIS SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NEEDED AT WHITE HOUSE. I DISAGREED STRONGLY WITH HIS SUGGESTS AS DID OTHERS IN THE ADMINISTRATION, THEREFORE I ASKED JOHN FOR HIS RESIGNATION WHICH HE HAS GIVEN ME THIS MORNING. I THANK JOHN FOR HIS SERVICE. I WILL NAME A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR NEXT WEEK. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>ON THE DEAL WITH TALIBAN WITH AFGHANISTAN, JOHN BOLTON WAS AN ADAMANT OPPONENT, BRINGING THE TALIBAN, AFGHAN GOVERNMENT TO CAMP DAVID TO CONTINUE NEGOTIATING. HE WAS AGAINST THE DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN ENTIRELY, SO IF YOU GO AGAINST THE PRESIDENT’S POLICIES, HE ALSO HAD BEEN AN ADVOCATE IN THE PATH OF DIRECT STRIKE AND REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN. NEIL: THE PRESIDENT DID END UP BECAUSE OF THIS ATTACK THAT KILLED THE U.S. SERVICEMAN SHELVING THE TALKS.>>BUT HE DIDN’T CHANGE HIS POLICY. HE WANTS TO REMOVE TROOPS. JOHN BOLTON IS MUCH MORE LIMITED DRAWDOWN OF TROOPS. THIS MAKES SENSE FROM A POLICY POINT OF VIEW. IF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR AND THE PRESIDENT ARE GOING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, NEIL, ONE OF THEM HAS TO GO. THE PRESIDENT ONLY GOES AFTER AN ELECTION.>>BUT I DO THINK I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IMMUNE TO THE REVOLVING DOOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE.>>I AGREE WITH THAT.>>I WILL SAY THAT NORMALLY THIS WOULD BE AN UNBELIEVABLE BIG BREAKING NEWS FLASH BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE EITHER GETTING FIRED OR CHOOSING TO LEAVE, IT HAS BEEN A NON-STOP REVOLVING DOOR. SO THAT ONE ADVANTAGE TO THE WHITE HOUSE IS THAT WE’RE PRETTY MUCH IMMUNE TO THE BREAKING NEWS SIGNAL OF SOMEBODY LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE. NEIL: HE WAS SORT OF ON THE OUTS PRIOR, RIGHT?>>YES. NEIL: BLAKE BURMAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE, DO YOU HAVE MORE ON THIS, BLAKE? REPORTER: HERE IS SO UNUSUAL ABOUT THIS ONE, NEIL, I KNOW YOUR GUEST SAID WE’RE NUMB TO THESE THINGS AROUND HERE BECAUSE THIS HAPPENS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION AT FAIRLY NORMAL PACE AT THIS POINT I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, JOHN BOLTON WAS SCHEDULED TO BE INSIDE THE BRADY BRIEFING ROOM IN ABOUT AN HOUR 1/2 TIME ALONG WITH THE TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN. THE SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. THE WHITE HOUSE PUT OUT THAT UPDATED BULLETIN ABOUT 30, 40 MINUTES AGO. YET WE LEARNED FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT LAST NIGHT HE HAD ASKED FOR JOHN BOLTON’S RESIGNATION. THAT IT WAS DELIVERED TO THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING. JOHN BOLTON, IF HE HAS NOT LEFT THE WHILE HOUSE ALREADY, IS IN THE THE PROCESS OF DOING SO. SO CLEARLY, NEIL, THERE WAS SOME SORT OF, SOMEONE DIDN’T GET THE MESSAGE BECAUSE THE WHITE HOUSE HAD TOLD US ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AGO, 45 MINUTES AGO, THAT JOHN BOLTON WOULD BE INSIDE OF THIS BUILDING BRIEFING THE MEDIA ALONGSIDE STEVE MNUCHIN AND, THE TREASURY SECRETARY AND SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. ONE OTHER THING, NEIL, THE PRESIDENT OFTEN SAYS HOW HE LIKES DIFFERENT VOICES IN THE ROOM. I JUST JUMPED IN, MAYBE YOU COVERED THIS, APOLOGY IF YOU DID, JOHN BOLTON WAS CLEARLY A DIFFERENT VOICE IN THE ROOM. OFTEN TIMES THE PRESIDENT HOLDS IT UP AS A GOOD THING. IN THIS CASE HE HOLDS IT UP AS SOMETHING NECESSARILY WASN’T WARRANTED AND NEEDED CHANGE. NEIL: YEAH NORMALLY, BLAKE, TO YOUR POOR, SOMEONE SUBMITS THE RESIGNATION, THAT IS THE END. YOU HEAR LATER ON THE THEATER WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES N THIS CASE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAYING AS YOU REPORTED THAT I INFORMED JOHN BOLTON THAT HIS SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NEEDED AT THE WHITE HOUSE. JUST TO MAKE THE POINT EMPHATICALLY CLEAR IT WAS COMING FROM HIM. SO — REPORTER: RIGHT. PERSON WHO, FOR THE PERSON WHO IS KNOWN AS SAYING YOU’RE FIRED, THAT IS ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING YOU’RE FIRED. NEIL: YEAH. BUT APPARENTLY NOT TO THE DEGREE THAT THIS WAS EVEN PASSED ALONG TO AUTHORITIES TO BE AT THIS PLANNED EVENT LATER ON TODAY, RIGHT? REPORTER: YEAH, LET ME GO THROUGH MY PHONE IF I HAVE A SECOND HERE BUT YOU KNOW THE WHITE HOUSE PUT OUT THIS BRIEFING, GOSH, WHAT TIME WAS IT? AT ANY EVENT, WITHIN THE LAST HOUR OR SO AND, YEAH, AT AROUND WHAT TIME, RALPH? AT AROUND 10:50 OR SO ABOUT AN HOUR AGO. NOW WE’RE LEARNING VERY CLEARLY THAT JOHN BOLTON WILL NOT BE AT THAT BRIEFING. AT LEAST WE DON’T ANTICIPATE. NEIL: GOT IT. WOULD THAT BE SOMETHING NO ONE GOT THE WORD TO JOHN BOLTON. SHOWS UP, LOOK AT THAT. THANK YOU, MY FRIEND, NOELLE TURNOVER AT THE WHITE HOUSE IS PARTICULARLY PRONOUNCED. JIM MATTIS GOT INTO THAT WITH ME, PRESIDENTS ARE FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHO HE WANTS AROUND THEM. THIS ONE GOES THROUGH MORE THAN MOST, BUT WHAT ARE WE TO GLEAN FROM THAT?>>WHAT YOU’RE TO TAKE FROM THAT, THIS IS HOW TRUMP IS DOING BUSINESS. THIS IS NOT, I DON’T THINK IT IS VERY NORMAL THAT, YOU KNOW, PAST PRESIDENTS HAVE HAD THIS MUCH OF A TURNOVER IN THIS MANY POSITIONS. ALSO THERE ARE SOME POSITIONS FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD ARE STILL NOT BEING FILLED. SO HE HAS GOT, YOU KNOW SOME OPEN SPOTS STILL AND THEN IN SOME OF THE KEY POSITIONS, THINK ABOUT HOW MANY POSITIONS WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS, PRESS SECRETARIES, DEFENSE, THINK ABOUT HOW MANY TIMES THAT HAS TURNED OVER. NEIL: I WOULD FLIP IT AROUND. I WOULD LOOK AT IT TO SAY WHEN YOU HAVE AN ABSENTEE LANDLORD IN APARTMENTS, ECONOMY DOING VERY WELL, TO YOUR POINT, CHARLES, LIFE IS GOING ON. YOU DON’T WANT TO MINIMIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE AFTER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR STEPPING DOWN ON THE HEELS OF SO MANY OTHER KEY PLAYERS IN AND OUTSIDE THE CABINET DOING THE SAME BUT IF IT IS HURTING US ECONOMICALLY OR HURTING US ON THE GLOBAL SPHERE, MAYBE PERCEPTION BECOMES REALITY, BUT HASN’T SHOWN IT.>>IT HASN’T SHOWN IT, I’M NOT SURE WHY ANYBODY SURPRISED BY THE SAME PERSON WHO HAD THREE CAMPAIGN MANAGERS DURING THE ELECTION. HE HAD A SHOW TO BLAKE’S POINT, THE TAG LINE WAS, YOUR FIRED. NEIL: BUT HE RARELY DONE IT HIMSELF, RIGHT?>>AT THE POINT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT HIM. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING — NEIL: I REMEMBER REX TILLERSON, HE FOUND OUT ABOUT LATER ON.>>YEAH. NEIL: JIM MATTIS FOUND OUT THIS WEEK THE PRESIDENT THINKS IT IS A GOOD IDEA.>>THERE ARE CHANNELS SOMETIMES BUT ULTIMATELY HE IS MAKING THE DECISION. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID WE WANT A BUSINESS PERSON, SOMEONE, IF YOU’RE FOR INSTANCE, A PUBLICLY-TRADED COMPANY YOU HAVE A REPORT CARD EVERY THREE MONTHS. NEIL: YOU’RE RIGHT.>>YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS REALLY QUICKLY. IF SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING YOU HAVE TO ACT VERY QUICKLY THIS IS SOMETHING PRESIDENT TRUMP BRINGS TO THE JOB NO OTHER PRESIDENT HAS IN PART BECAUSE HE HAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BACKGROUND. WE KNOW HE HAS A DIFFERENT TEMPERMENT. NEIL: YOU — [INAUDIBLE].>>THERE IS ONE OTHER THING HERE WHICH I THINK IS WORTH SAYING. WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO MAKE FOREIGN POLICY ON A GLOBAL BASIS, NOT ONLY AFGHANISTAN AS I SAID BUT IRAN, IRAQ, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS, NORTH KOREA, AND YOU HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR AS RESPECTED AND HIGH-PROFILE AS JOHN BOLTON, WHO IS BEING REPORTED TO PUBLICLY DISAGREE ON MANY OF THOSE POLICY DECISIONS, THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING IT BECOMES UNTENABLE. YOU JUST CAN’T SAY.>>CAN I SAY ONE THING THOUGH?>>PLEASE.>>THESE PLAYERS AROUND THE WORLD DID NOT LIKE JOHN BOLTON. THE FACT OF THE MATTER ALMOST ANYONE CRITICAL OF TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY THEY ZEROED IN ON THE WARMONGER HIMSELF, JOHN BOLTON. NEIL: NO MATTER WHAT THE PRESIDENT DOES ON THIS FRONT HE CAN’T WIN. THE PRESS ARE NOT FANS OF JOHN BOLTON. NOT FANS OF HIS INYOUR FACE MILITARY-STYLE. THIS WILL BE GREETED WHAT YOU HAD TOUCHED ON INSTABILITY AT THE WHITE HOUSE BUT IT WOULD BE INSTABILITY I THINK A LOT LOT OF ZEALOTS MIGHT SCRATCH THEIR HEAD, THIS ISN’T GOOD BUT WHEN IN FACT IF IT IS GOING THE JIM MATTIS WAY WHERE HE IS GOING TO BE NOT RUSH TO JUDGMENT ON KEEPING TROOPS IN SYRIA OR NOT GETTING RID OF THEM RIGHT AWAY, THIS COULD BE PART OF A PROCESS THAT WOULD BE DEEMED FAVORABLE?>>NEIL, YOU CAN LOOK AT IT TWO WAYS, IF YOU DON’T LIKE TRUMP, YOU CAN LOOK AT THE REVOLVING DOOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE. HE DOESN’T HAVE A GRIP. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING. OR YOU CAN LOOK AT IT LIKE CHARLES DOES, WOW, IF SOMETHING DOESN’T WORK HE IS QUICK, HE DOESN’T LET IT SIT THERE AND STEW. HE GETS RID OF IT GOES ON TO THE NEXT ONE. IT DEPEND IF YOU’RE A FAN OF TRUMP — NEIL: THIS IS COUPLE YEARS.>>WE’LL PROBABLY FIND OUT, I’M SURE JOHN BOLTON –>>I THINK THAT IS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MODUS OPERANDI AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN AND AS A PRESIDENT. NEIL: I GUESS WHAT I WAS TRYING TO GET AT, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU AGREE WITH THIS, DOUG, A LOT OF CRITICISM HIS SHOOT FROM THE HIP POLICIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IT CUT BOTH WAYS AND BOLTON SORT OF EMBODIED THAT. ALONG HE COMES TO SAY, ALL RIGHT, MAYBE I’M GOING TO ANALYZE THIS A LITTLE BIT MORE. THE SYRIAN PULLOUT THAT HE SHELVED WHEN IT WAS RAISED TOMORROW, THIS WILL BE POTENTIALLY UNSETTLING TO THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST. SO HE SHELVED IT. MAYBE THIS IS IN A STEP IN THE DIRECTION THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE MILITARY MIGHT WELCOME?>>I THINK THEY WOULD. CERTAINLY THOSE WHO ARE MORE JUDICIOUS, LESS WILLING TO USE FORCE WILL. ALSO GOING INTO A RE-ELECTION MODE, TO HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR OUT OF SYNC WITH THE PRESIDENT WHERE BOTH WHAT CHARLES SAID IS CORRECT, OUR ALLIES DON’T LIKE HIM, BUT ALSO, IT SENDS MIXED MESSAGES. NEIL: THIS COULD BE A BADGE OF HONOR TO THIS PRESIDENT.>>IT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN. THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW. THE PRESIDENT WANTS PEACE AND PROSPERITY IN AN ELECTION YEAR, NOT CONFLICT AROUND THE WORLD.>>BACK WHEN WE WERE NEGOTIATING WITH CHINA I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE, HE DID THAT AS A MESSAGE TO CHINA THEY SHOULD BE FEARING BOLTON. NEIL: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?>>WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND STICKING THINGS TO CHINA — NEIL: I SEE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.>>THAT WAS VERY STRATEGIC MOVE BACK THEN. NEIL: JOHN BOLTON WRITTEN BACK, TWEETED BACK, ANYWAY HE SAID I OFFERED TO ROW SIGN LAST NIGHT AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID LET’S TALK ABOUT IT TOMORROW. THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS WAS DECIDED LAST NIGHT. HE IS MORE OR LESS GOING OUT SAYING I OFFERED TO ROW SIGN. WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT TOMORROW. WE’RE NOT QUITE SURE THE SKINNY

100 thoughts on “John Bolton resigns as Trump’s national security adviser

  1. Blah blah blah, nothing but bulshit coming out of your mouth please stop talking all of you mr. President Trump has an agenda and he was not in it because all the old policies were garbage you people are programmed is the reason why you don't understand he is changing it for We the People get over it please stop talking.

  2. Oops! John Bolton thought HE was President..NOT!
    I LOVE a president who functions as a business leader…you don't make it…GO!
    THIS IS GOOD BUSINESS…NEVER KEEP AN ANTI MANAGEMENT LOSER ON THE TEAM!

  3. This is the way that Trump punish their employees. This president don't listen anything but to bring the enemy inside the USA which is terrible.

  4. Thank God for getting a warmongerer. Trummp did not do because of his ability and saneness but because of ego. Juist waiting for the dump T…Grump 2020

  5. Trump doesn't need nobody because he thinks he can do everything behind the scene, I believe Trump don't want nobody to know what he does illegally.

  6. John Bolton resign. Trump is lying again he did not fire Bolton. He didn't like the idea that trump and Mike pompayo wanted to bring the Taliban to camp David. It is obvious that is why he decided to resign. He could see that trump and Mike pompayo only wanted a noble peace prize out of it. And though it was a stupid idea and told trump that. And the three of them arguing about it. That's when Bolton decided that he was going to leave. Told trump that he was going to resign. The night before. So in the morning trump got there before he did. That's obvious what happened. Anyone that things anything else is stupid.

  7. Trump knew Mr. Bolton style and Trump is lying that he was not doing a good job. Mr. Bolton is firm in his conviction and doesn't tolerate corruption.

  8. YOU KNOW THAT FIRING BOLTON WAS A GOOD MOVE BY TRUMP WHEN THE DEEP LOSER STATE EXPRESS HIGH CONCERN ABOUT IT LET IN ALL KNOW THAT HE WAS PART OF THE TRAITORS AND ENEMIES OF AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! TRUMP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I loves me some Trump but I do agree that Taliban at camp David on 9/11 just didn’t sit right with me. Making deals with terrorist is like making deals with Satan himself. We just gotta keep stomping out the cockroaches…

  10. I think Charles' interpretation and assessment of Trump's M.O. is spot on. Both Bolton and Mattis, among dozens of others now gone, are proponents and pushers of war and of NATO, regardless if we pay for most or all of everything. The last 18 years of war has cost the country at least $7 Trillion with poor results for the country. Some people including Bolton, but even more of his superiors, made massive profits while bankrupting the country and killing American lives, again with little or nothing to really justify the expenditures of trillions of dollars.
    It seems to me that Trump's advisors are a major part of the problems in the that those advisors are selecting nominees. That typically means, well, they know each other and largely, are part of the very Swamp that Trump is fighting — is at war with — domestically. It's a terrible dilemma, if you want to minimize and ultimately end fighting wars with American lives and American money.
    I am totally fine with firing anyone who has war as a goal, who is working to perpetuate conflict and massive human and financial costs. Ironically, others, not Trump, have been and are earning enormous profits, personal profits, business profits, at our expense while remaining at war. There are many notable examples. I'm guessing every one of you — especially Neal and Noelle — are profoundly aware of these dynamics.

  11. A year or so wasted as the offense was putting this Neocon Warmonger on the staff in the first place. Nothing good happens where Bolton goes unless you're a defense contractor selling bombs, bullets, planes, tanks etc. I was pissed off when Trump appointed this shame of a human being in the first place.

  12. John is simply living in the past. War is not the goal. Given, Dems and RINOS will be flip-flopping like they did with Mueller.

  13. Sorry ! But, I believe in John Bolton ! I hope he runs for 2024 Republican/ Conservative Presidental office ! Go John Go !

  14. HEY THERE SHOULD BE NO SORRY FEELINGS FOR ANY ONE OF THESE….INDIVIDUALS IN GOVERMENT WETHER OR NOT THEY QUITE..OF GET FIRERED..OR GO TO JAIL ..THEY ALL MAKE OF LIKE BANDETS…WITH BOOK..OR ..SNITCHE'S….BLAH BLAH…PLUS I BELIEVE THEY STILL GET PAID…EVEN ..WHEN THEY NO LONGER…WORK FOR THE GOVERMENTT ..THEIR PENCIONS ARE..EQUAL TO THEIR SALLERIES…IF I'M NOT WRONG

  15. Look at it this way
    Trump hired him he knew he was a neocon and that mentality has a group that backs Bolton
    Trump not only fired Bolton but he also fired his backers
    Trump sends messages in many different ways
    Bolton was the messenger

  16. He's gone through a lot of people already, because he's in the midst of DRAINING THE SWAMP like he PROMISED!
    Line 'em – Knock 'em down!

  17. The American ministration es looking ,too difficult ,not any president can do well among criminals ,there are not good people to take responsibility to clean up from the organised crime that continent ,too many are embolved in organised crime and war crime .

  18. Bolton: "You can't fire me! I won the 2017 Golden Shabbos Goy Star of David Award! Besides, only Israel has the authority to fire me! And what about the Iran proxy war I promised them??!!???

  19. Is Neil getting Kidney Disease or something? He's sounding like Kim Jong Un when the world press was theorizing his chronic throat and voice issues were signs of kidney problems.

  20. TRUMP IS DISGUSTING!! John Bolton is a decent and honorable human being who served his country well. Trump lied about his intentions when he spoke with Bolton the night before…then took the cowards way out and tweeted he terminated Bolton. I have tried to forget how poorly Trump has treated many, many people who have crossed his path and shame on me for doing so. We should all remember how he treated and described his Republican primary opponents. Trump has done many good things…but he lacks basic human decency and character matters.

  21. Amazing how Neo-Cons got us in the Iraq mess, then put's China in the WTO. Those two things have cost thousands of lives, Trillions of dollars, and almost all manufactoring jobs in the US. Trump is putting America first.

  22. Correct me if I'm wrong, but John Bolton has always said what he believes, actually quite admirable, so why did Trump choose him in the first place when he knew exactly Bolton's views? I'll back Trump over any Democratic hopeful so far, but Bolton's integrity is impeccable, and I have no doubt that Bolton will not lie.

  23. A lot of people opposed Bolton because he was a warmonger when Trump first picked him. Now trump supporters say it is a good thing he got fired because he is a warmonger? WTF?

  24. Mr Trump just lost a Hardcore Fan today ( Me ) , Bolton was doing a fine and Tough Job against all those Mothers Fuckers Dictators in Iran , Nicaragua , Cuba , Venezuela , North-Korea and Russia . I am Completely Disappointed , But History will tell the mistake he made . ( Putin must be laughing and Congratulating Trump at the same Time )

  25. john bolton is a KILLER, GLAD HE DUMPED HIM…ASK ANY CENTRAL AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU TRUMP, rather you got rid of him or not, GLAD HE'S GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DRAINING THE SWAMP

  26. F U NEIL
    LOVE BOLTON, WE SHOULD BE BLOWING S HIT UP ALL OVER THE WORLD, LIKE 57 COUNTRY'S I KNOW OF.
    YOU DON'T LIKE JOHN ONLY PROVE'S YOUR CHICKEN S HIT.
    SICK OF BEING PUSHED AROUND, WE'VE TURNED P USSY'S SINCE M US LIM OBAMA.
    YOU GOD DA MN P USSY'S.
    SEMPER FI
    MAY YOU COWARDS DIE

  27. Another Trump BLUNDER. Rep. Omar summed up Trump's latest: "Great move and overdue!" That subhuman trash Omar loves Bolton leaving tells you all you need to know. Of course, Trump continues his BLUNDERS by continuing to retain the Deep State criminal protectors Bill Barr and Chris Wray, instead of firing them. STUPID!

  28. His is a war creator ..and set up lot fire range in the world ..so pity for peace maker from united nation ..now he sacked by mr president the world will go on track of peace …god save the world peace

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