U.S. President Trump eventually fired John Bolton, the presidents national security assistant.
Trump said in a series of tweets that he told Bolton on Monday night that the White House no longer needs his effectiveness and added sharply that he strongly opposes many of his [policy] proposals, as do others in the government. Subsequently, Bolton tweeted that he had offered to resign on Monday night, and that the Presidents response was Say it tomorrow.
According to a 10-day article on Capitol Hill, the content and expression of these tweets point to the embarrassing relationship between the two. The article said that the two men had broken down on some key issues, including the governments approach to Iran and views on the relevance of North Koreas missile test.
The decision triggered a jubilation in some Western media, such as the United States. Bloomberg commented that Bolton was melting in the powder keg of Trumps foreign policy. Boltons experiment is over. Thank goodness, the British weekly website said. The Washington Post commentary was even more blunt in attacking John Boltons legacy: chaos, dysfunction and meaningless achievements. The website of Atlantic Weekly, with the theme Speak Up, Bolton, calls for the National Security Assistants who have left this administration to be frank because they owe the American people the truth about the President.
Bolton has been the third Presidents National Security Assistant to leave office under President Trump.
The mess of the national security team
The website of Capitol Hill quoted Justin Amash, an independent U.S. congressman, as saying that Bolton should not have been hired.
I hope that the Presidents next national security adviser will focus on ensuring peace, not expanding war. The congressman who left the Republican Party earlier this year wrote on Twitter.
According to a commentator in Bloomberg, the National Security Assistants job requires more of a neutral intermediary who can bring together key players in foreign policy and defense departments and agencies to formulate options and submit them to the President for decision.
The whole focus of the work is to help the President gain control of the huge government agencies responsible for national security. The article reads, Bolton is not willing to do this... The end result is that Bolton has a foreign policy, Secretary of State Pompeo has another, the Defense Department has another, and so on. Trump has his own foreign policy impulse, which may or may not be related to any other department.
However, Bolton, who took office in April 2018, has been Trumps longest-serving National Security Assistant at the White House.
Trumps first national security assistant, Michael Flynn, resigned less than a month after taking office because he misled the FBI and Vice President in contacts with Russian diplomats. His next national security assistant, Lieutenant General McMaster, resigned just over a year after taking office, also because of internal conflicts with the President and other advisers on foreign policy decisions.
CNN commented that while multiple geopolitical crises broke out, Trump experienced unprecedented changes in national security professionals.
In addition to his National Security Adviser, Trump had earlier dismissed Secretary of State Twitter, Tillerson, after months of disruption in his relationship with the former CEO of ExxonMobil Oil. Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Matisse resigned in frustration with Trumps decision to withdraw from Syria. Dan Cotts, director of the National Intelligence Agency, and his deputy, Sue Gordon, left last month. Trump also lost National Security Deputy Adviser McFarland and Ambassador Haley to the United Nations.
CNN reports that tensions between the United States and Iran are escalating as Bolton leaves office, North Korea continues to test and develop weapons capabilities, arms control experts warn of a possible nuclear arms race with Russia, and Trump is discussing a peace agreement to gradually withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Gidley said Charles Kupperman was acting as National Security Assistant.
At this point, fewer and fewer qualified professionals want to work in the White House or any government department. This has always been a problem for the President... Trumps habit of arbitrary dismissal does not increase the number of applicants. Bloomberg commentator wrote, A mess? Its too kind. This is the abyss. Its totally chaotic.
Venezuela and Preemptive Attack on North Korea
The Guardian article analyzed the possible foreign policy implications of Trumps sudden dismissal of Bolton. The article holds that the US Presidents aversion to Globalism and multilateralism will still exist, but considering Trumps instinctive anti-interventionism and his preference for personal diplomacy, there may be a rebalancing in a series of hot issues.
In Afghanistan, Bolton strongly opposes plans for the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. forces by the end of the year. Ironically, just this weekend, President Trump seemed closer to Boltons proposition and decisively abandoned plans to hold special talks with Taliban leaders at Camp David two days before the 9/11 anniversary.
Trump said he abandoned plans for a secret summit after a U.S. soldier was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, but the Guardian analysis suggested that Trumps decision also reflected growing unease in the U.S. defense community, fearing that Trump would not have any plans to protect Afghanistans legitimate government. Lose Afghanistan before the local elections.
Bolton apparently participated in a meeting on Venezuela, where documents highlighted plans to send U.S. troops to the country, believed to be aimed at overthrowing the current Maduro left-wing government. According to the Guardian, Boltons assessment of how quickly Maduro would fall was too optimistic, including an overestimation of Venezuelan military insurgency, which undermined his credibility in Trump.
But U.S. support for opposition leader Juan Guaido remains strong, and just this week, U.S. officials are urging the European Union to tighten sanctions. However, this policy has lost momentum.
Pompeo, Bolton and Vice President Burns all suggested this summer that Trump launch an attack on Iran after the U.S. drone was shot down. But Trump stepped on the brakes for fear of the consequences of military confrontation. This led Trump to rely on the policy instruments of maximum economic pressure. But European allies believe that if the United States does not choose to strike Iran militarily, the only option is to talk to Tehran.
The Guardian concluded that as Iranian reformers and hardliners united against external oppressors, Boltons prediction that the Iranian opposition uprising would lead to the regime change he longed for failed to materialize. Trump favors high-level summits and hopes to meet with Iranian President Ruhani if agreement can be reached on terms for renegotiating a nuclear agreement. But the Guardian points out that this will only happen if the United States is willing to lift sanctions on Iranian oil exports while Bolton leaves. Pompeos speech Tuesday after Boltons departure echoed Trumps proposal to meet with Irans president at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
Putins old rival, Bolton, has always believed that the Russian president did not go beyond the Cold War framework. According to the Guardian, Trump welcomed the French governments efforts to free Western-Russian relations from the cold winter, a continuing theme of U.S. presidential foreign policy, but was resisted by other European allies and Washington parties. After French President Mark Ron encouraged bilateral talks on Ukraine, Trump, who got rid of Bolton, now has a better chance of seeking a restart of relations with Moscow.
Bolton had contacts with Pyongyang during the Bush administration. But under Trumps leadership, he advocated preemptive strikes and strongly opposed talks with North Korean leaders. The Guardian said that when Trump began his efforts to negotiate face-to-face with North Korean leaders, it quickly divided Bolton from the president. Trump has been ignoring Boltons proposals and has met with North Korean leaders several times, although he says he is not in a hurry to reach an agreement. Meanwhile, Bolton believes that North Koreas refusal to abandon its nuclear program and repeated short-range missile tests prove its untrustworthiness. Bolton said the tests violated UN resolutions, but Trump disagreed. Bolton has even been accused of manipulating and sabotaging the progress of negotiations behind the scenes, including cooperation with Stephen Bigan, the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea.
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