Another public figure has been lately fired by Donald Trump via Twitter, and, this time, we are talking about the national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton, Trump’s third national security adviser, is the last of a long list of public figures and personnel that have been fired by the president: two national-security advisers, one F.B.I. director, two White House chiefs of staff and one Attorney General were fired in the last couple of years.
Being fired via Twitter with a stolid and short tweet saying that Bolton’s services “were no longer needed”, could have shocked the public opinion if we were not talking about Trump. Indeed, the US president is used to using social media to share important and political statements and to make direct attacks on political opponents.
However, the exit of John Bolton wasn’t unexpected since his disagreement with Trump on such topics like North Korea, Afghanistan, Russia and Iran was well known. Moreover, Bolton reportedly expressed his desire to leave his job before Trump’s message: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow'”.
As the White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley has communicated: “John Bolton’s priorities and policies just don’t line up with the President’s and any sitting president has the right to put someone in that position that can carry out his agenda. That became no longer tenable so the President made a change”.
Trump is looking for a new national security adviser and having a common view in foreign politics seems the most important factor for the choice.