President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced in a tweet that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign that ‘his services are no longer needed’
But moments after Mr Trump’s tweet, Mr Bolton took to Twitter to offer a different version of events.
He maintained he had actually offered his resignation but Mr Trump told him, they would speak about it tomorrow.
Mr Bolton, who had served since April 2018, is President Trump’s third national security adviser.
The abrupt ouster of Trump’s third national security adviser comes as the White House grapples with a series of fraught challenges, including Trump’s cancellation of peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, his costly trade war with China, his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, and his attempts, unsuccessful so far, to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.
While Trump said he would name a new national security adviser next week, the latest high-level shake-up at the White House raised fresh doubts about Trump’s stewardship of foreign policy – and control of his own staff – as he headed into his reelection campaign.