TIL Desk/World/Washington/ US President Donald Trump fired his hawkish National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton on Tuesday, citing strong disagreements. Bolton, who as an NSA was a strong supporter of India”s anti-terrorism efforts, was in office for only about a year and a half and is Trump”s third advisor in his tenure so far of less than three years.
Trump, who often makes important staff announcements on Twitter, tweeted: “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, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning.”
While during his tenure as US permanent representative to the United Nations in 2005-6, Bolton was highly critical of India, but as NSA, he emerged as a strong supporter of India. Driven by his strong opposition to terrorism, he backed India during the Pulwama crisis when Pakistan-backed killed about 40 Indian security personnel in Kashmir in February.