- President Trump has fired his national security adviser, John Bolton
- The US president said Bolton was because he "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions"
- Bolton, however, denied being fired, saying he was the one that offered to resign
United States president Donald Trump said on Tuesday, September 10, that he had asked his national security adviser, John Bolton, to resign.
The president, in a tweet via his official Twitter handle, cited the reason for his move as strong differences of opinion over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.
“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration,” Trump tweeted.
“I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” the president said, adding that he was aiming to announce a replacement next week.
However, the sacked security adviser had a different version of the development as he claimed in message on Twitter shortly afterward that he offered to resign.
“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow," Bolton simply tweeted.
He also reiterated the same to the NewYork Times, saying it was his initiative.
“Offered last night without his asking,” he told the US media. “Slept on it and gave it to him this morning.”
Bolton’s dismissal came was abrupt and unexpected as it was reportedly announced barely an hour after the White House scheduled a briefing for 1:30pm where he (Bolton) was supposed to appear alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Meanwhile, Bolton has reportedly left the White House as President Trump also said he would appoint a replacement “next week".
Charles Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser, will be serving as Trump's acting security adviser in the meantime, according to a White House spokesman.
Bolton disagreed with President Trump's move to pursue diplomatic relationships with some of the US enemies such as North Korea and Iran.
He opposed the US president's move to sign off on a peace agreement with the Taliban militant organisation.
Trump had planned to seal a deal with the militant organisation by inviting the Taliban leaders to Camp David.
However, Bolton urged the president to reject the agreement, arguing that the he (Trump) could still withdraw troops from Afghanistan to fulfill his campaign promise without establishing a bond with the militant organisation which was responsible for deaths of many Americans over the last 18 years.
Meanwhile, President Trump had been urged by the Forum of Nigerian Professionals in Atlanta, Georgia, to put measures in place that will stamp out the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)'s terror activities.
This was made known in a letter jointly signed by the forum's president and vice president, Pat Alao-Moses and Moses Omotosho, respectively.
In the letter addressed to the White House and dated Friday, August 30, the group said the letter was necessitated by IPOB’s persistent threat to their compatriots in the US and other parts of the world.
The group reminded President Trump that the Nigerian government recently raised a red flag on the activities of IPOB.
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