Bye Bye Bolton 👋
On Tuesday. Pres. Trump dismissed John Bolton from his position as the national security adviser. Bolton’s abrupt termination, which occurred shortly before a press conference he was meant to take part in, reportedly stemmed from a series of disagreements among him, Pres. Trump, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump’s new selection
Bolton, who devised the 2003 Iraq War and advocated for more aggressive foreign policy in North Korea and Venezuela, clashed with Trump’s less combative approach to foreign affairs. The selection of Bolton’s successor is now left in the hands of the president.
Those in favor of Bolton’s dismissal call into question Bolton’s extremely combative, and often violent, approach to foreign policy. Articles often focus on ways this change in national security advising could strengthen diplomacy and encourage peace between the U.S. and nations like North Korea and Iran.
The Washington Post: John Bolton was bad. His departure might be worse.
The Washington Examiner: John Bolton's firing won't fix Trump's widening foreign policy holes
Those ambivalent about Bolton’s dismissal highlight the importance of maintaining a critical, and expert, presence in the administration’s approach to national security and foreign affairs. While they acknowledge their initial skepticism of Bolton and his missteps, they emphasize the former adviser's willingness to question Pres. Trump’s decision-making.
Whether's the common ground?
While both sides are divided on Trump’s decision to fire Bolton, they can agree that the kind of foreign policy issues the next appointed national security advisor will face are not to be taken lightly.
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