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Voice of America 10 Sep 2019

Trump Fires His National Security Adviser


U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired his national security adviser John Bolton, saying that he "disagreed strongly with many" of Bolton's policy suggestions. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has the story.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday forced out John Bolton, the United States's national security adviser with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea and a raft of other geostrategic challenges.
But John Bolton insists he resigned. The two had increasing arguments because Bolton had wanted to take a hardline stance against those countries while Trump had wanted to reduce the US's military presence abroad.
Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC.
The president selected Robert O'Brien, his fourth national security adviser, to replace John Bolton.
President Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign, noting that he "strongly disagreed with many of his suggestions as did others in the administration."
US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton, saying on Tuesday he and Bolton had serious policy disagreements.

The exit comes amid reports that there was disagreement within the administration over Trump's decision to host a now-cancelled meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David.

Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, was widely known to have pressed the president for a harder line on issues such as North Korea. Bolton, also a chief architect of Trump's strong stance on Iran, had also advocated a tougher approach on Russia and Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna takes a look back at Bolton's time in the position.

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