Trump fires hawkish national security advisor John Bolton Sep 11, 2019 0 214 12345 AFPWashingtonPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the firing of his hawkish national security advisor John Bolton, saying he disagreed “strongly” with his positions, in the latest upheaval for US foreign policy.“I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump announced on Twitter, saying he would name a replacement next week.Bolton, who had been due to give a press conference at the White House less than two hours later, denied being fired and insisted instead that he’d 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.Famous for his moustache and ever-present yellow legal pad, the hardline former US ambassador to the United Nations had pushed back hard against Trump’s dramatic, though so far stumbling attempts to negotiate with the Taliban and North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un.According to US media reports, the president’s extraordinary bid to fly Taliban leaders into the presidential retreat at Camp David last weekend sparked a major row.As so often in the Trump presidency, the abrupt reshuffle appeared to contain an element of chaos. Bolton was Trump’s third national security advisor and joins a stack of senior officials who have come and gone during the Republican businessman’s tumultuous first term in office.Trump, who has a habit of announcing major news on his personal Twitter account, revealed the sacking at around midday. He said that he’d informed Bolton of his decision on Monday night.The White House press office, however, seemed to have been unaware. It sent out a message announcing that Bolton would shortly be giving a press conference on terrorism issues alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Bolton himself disputed Trump’s version of events, saying that the president had not fired him in person, as he claimed, late on Monday.“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow,” Bolton tweeted.A Fox News television reporter said that he had received a text from Bolton in which he underlined: “Let’s be clear, I resigned.”Trump came into office promising to extricate the United States from military entanglements. Bolton was often seen as offering a hawkish counterbalance, which Trump would then take into consideration. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Ms Monopoly board game sees women players get paid more Sep 11, 2019 0 201 New Sweden minister presses ‘feminist foreign policy’ Sep 11, 2019 0 45 Ukrainian lawmakers passes bill on presidential impeachment Sep 11, 2019 0 44 Michael Jordan pledges $1 million to Dorian relief in Bahamas Nassau: Michael Jordan pledged $1 million Tuesday to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas. The Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA Hall of Fame member owns property there and is a frequent visitor to the area that .. After battle with MPs, British PM seeks Brexit deal AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted on Tuesday he was working hard to strike a divorce deal with the EU, after he suspended parliament following a series of bruising defeats by MPs over his Brexit .. US EPA chief seeks to reduce agency-funded animal testing REUTERS WASHINGTON US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday he was signing a memo to reduce agency-funded animal testing, vowing to almost completely end the practice by 2035. .. Outcry over EU ‘way of life’ migration portfolio AFP Brussels An EU Commission proposal to brand its powerful migration portfolio as “protecting the European way of life” sparked outrage from European lawmakers on Tuesday who called it a worrying use of far-right .. British lawmakers launch new group to try to secure Brexit deal LONDON: Several British lawmakers launched a new group on Tuesday to bolster efforts to secure a deal to leave the European Union, hoping to persuade parliament finally to pass an agreement based on one it rejected three ..