WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump fired national security advisor John Bolton Tuesday morning, announcing in a tweet that he'd told him Monday night that "his services are no longer needed."
"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump tweeted around noon. "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore ... ."
He went on in a second tweet: " ... I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week."
The sudden firing came as a shock, even though Bolton's increasing isolation from Trump and lack of influence on foreign policy matters was no secret within the White House.
Less than an hour before Trump's tweets, the White House informed reporters that Bolton would appear at a 1:30 p.m. briefing along with two other cabinet officials.
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