Trump Mulls Booting Bolton Over His Hawkish Views on Iran, Venezuela – Report

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

The US president’s national security adviser has long been known for his hawkish views on Iran, North Korea, and recently – Venezuela. According to a recent media report, he was the mastermind behind the alleged plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in a bid to counter Iran – something that Trump denied.

Donald Trump could be considering ousting National Security Adviser John Bolton over displeasure with him pushing for forceful regime changes in Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea, as well as attempting to draw the US into another war, The National Interest reported, citing two anonymous sources. According to the media outlet, he is currently the main driver of the Trump administration’s confrontations with countries around the world.

The magazine noted, however, that some sources have indicated that the opposite could be true when it comes to relations between the two and pointed out that Trump himself defended Bolton last week. The US president insisted that he “tempers” his national security adviser and that he has more “dovish” people on board to balance Bolton’s hawkish approach.

The National Interest also noted that now “there’s daylight between Trump and Bolton” and that, according to the sources, “Trump wants him out”. What is more, a State Department official and a former senior administration official have told the media outlet that the US secretary of state is also at odds with the national security adviser, fearing that instead of merely pressuring and isolating Iran, Bolton could start a full-fledged war against the Islamic Republic.

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