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Trump Fires National-Security Adviser Bolton

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U.S. President Donald Trump (left) is flanked by national-security adviser John Bolton during a press conference after a summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels in July 2018.

President Donald Trump says he has fired his national-security adviser, John Bolton, because he and Bolton "disagreed strongly" on many issues.

In a tweet on September 10, Trump said, "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 said.

"I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning," Trump continued. "I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new national security adviser next week," Trump tweeted.

Meanwhile, the White House has confirmed that Trump has appointed Bolton's deputy as acting national-security adviser.

Charles Kupperman, formerly an executive for the aerospace and defense firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin, had been Bolton's deputy since the start of 2019.

Bolton said on September 10 that he had offered to resign the previous evening, and that Trump had told him, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington on September 10 that he had multiple disagreements with Bolton over policies.

"Many times, Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed, that's to be sure," Pompeo said. "The president is entitled to the staff that he wants. My mission is to make sure I run the Department of State to deliver America's diplomacy."

Pompeo also said that foreign leaders should not think that Trump's foreign policies will change with the departure of any official in his administration.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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