Donald Trump’s national security adviser’s resignation created a lot of speculation, likely because the president’s version of events and John Bolton’s seem to contradict each other. Bolton is a war hawk so it’s no big loss — but Trump recklessly hired him and there’s a long list of high-profile departures from this administration and as usual, Trump took to his Twitter account to fire Bolton, saying that he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” Apparently, extreme vetting does not apply to this administration.
Bolton’s departure isn’t really clear but according to an NBC report, Trump began losing confidence in his national security adviser and reached out to the man he had fired to give Bolton the job: retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Trump reportedly told McMaster that he missed him (and we’re just glad that the president didn’t sext him, instead).
Trump’s first phone call to McMaster took place last fall, and that’s when the former reality show star told his former security adviser that he missed him, according to what two people familiar with the conversations told NBC. Trump told aides the same thing about McMaster, which prompts the visual of the president roaming through the hallways of the White House with a forlorn look in his eyes with a feeling of unrequited love.
The sources also said that Trump asked McMaster’s for advice on various national security issues, and even asked him who he should nominate to lead the Pentagon.
McMaster was also fired publicly by Trump on Twitter. Even though it was reported that Bolton said it was a bad idea to invite the Taliban to Camp David on 9/11, aides say Trump was close to firing Bolton earlier this year, and went as far as to put his name on a list of officials he’d like to get rid of before the end of the year.
Trump became angry over what he deemed as Bolton’s positioning himself in the news media as the decision-maker on key issues like Iran and Venezuela, the officials told NBC. Trump started calling McMaster in the fall of 2018, approximately six months after Bolton was on the job, and called him as recently as a few months ago.
Trump has now fired or forced out all three of his national security advisers: Bolton, McMaster, and Michael Flynn, the latter of which admitted to lying to the FBI about his contact with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and now he’s looking for a way out of his guilty plea. Trump just isn’t hiring the best people.
This about sums it up:
The ungraceful exits of Trump National Security Advisers: 1) Flynn — fired after lying about Russia and facing jail time 2) McMaster — fired while watching successor visit White House to audition for his job 3) Bolton — fired while disputing on Twitter that he was fired.
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) September 10, 2019
We’re just wondering what nightmarish creature Trump will replace his last swamp monster with.
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