Trump fires na­tional se­cu­rity chief Bolton

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WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Tues­day an­nounced he has fired his hawk­ish na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton, say­ing he dis­agreed “strongly” with his po­si­tions.

“I asked John for his res­ig­na­tion, which was given to me this morn­ing,” Trump an­nounced on Twit­ter.

“I in­formed John Bolton last night that his ser­vices are no longer needed at the White House,” Trump wrote, say­ing he would name a re­place­ment next week.

Bolton de­nied be­ing fired and said he had re­signed.

The news — com­ing days af­ter Trump caused up­roar by re­veal­ing he was can­celling se­cret talks with Afghanista­n’s Tal­iban — stunned Wash­ing­ton.

Bolton is a vet­eran and con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure closely linked to the in­va­sion of Iraq and other ag­gres­sive for­eign pol­icy de­ci­sions. He had been seen as one of the main driv­ing forces in the White House’s mus­cu­lar ap­proach to Iran, Venezuela and other trou­ble spots.

As of­ten in the Trump pres­i­dency, the abrupt reshuf­fle ap­peared to con­tain an el­e­ment of chaos.

Trump’s tweeted an­nounce­ment came af­ter the White House press of­fice had said Bolton would shortly be giv­ing a press con­fer­ence on ter­ror­ism is­sues along­side Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo.

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