John Bolton out

1 minute read

September 12, 2019

In a surprise announcement, President Trump revealed Tuesday that he had requested and accepted the resignation of National Security Adviser John Bolton.  He thanked Bolton for his service but said he and others in the Administration strongly disagreed with many of his suggestions, and he would name Bolton’s replacement next week.

Naturally, this set off the usual flurry of media stories about “chaos” at the White House, without regard to the fact that every Administration has people coming and going all the time.  I greatly admire John Bolton (he’s been a guest on my show), but it was no secret that his hawkish views were likely to clash with Trump’s inclinations to seek deals and avoid intervention in foreign disputes whenever possible.  Feel free to opine in the comments about whether you think it’s a good thing or bad that Bolton is no longer there, but what’s undeniable is that every President has the right to choose advisers he feels comfortable with.

One interesting aspect of this news was watching the anti-Trump media’s kneejerk frenzy of negative reactions to the departure of an adviser that they’d previously vilified as a trigger-happy, war-mongering interventionist.  That was too much even for favorite liberal political analyst Nate Silver, who tweeted, “Maybe I’m a simpleton, but it seems like if you criticized Bolton’s hiring, you probably shouldn’t also criticize his firing.”