As per usual, we’re getting conflicting accounts from the media as to how exactly today’s exit of National Security Advisor, John Bolton, went down. President Trump tweeted today that he essentially fired Bolton last night, indicating his services were no longer needed.
….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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
Since then, Bolton has gone on a media blitz texting contacts at Fox News that he resigned and was not fired. He indicates he offered his resignation last night, it was not accepted nor denied, then slept on it, and then provided his resignation in the morning. Yet many of the national news outlets (CNN, FOX News, MSNBC) have headlines reading “Trump Fires Bolton”, without any indication in the headline that Bolton offered his resignation.
Personally, I do not care whether Trump fired his NSA or if he resigned before Trump could fire him. It bugs me that national news is raging about how exactly it went down and looking to paint a picture either on Trump as an erratic leader who might be lying again. Or Bolton as an incompetent National Security Advisor that finally used his last straw with Trump. Frankly, Trump is entitled to the Staff he wants around him. I would give merit to understanding more details around what ultimately led Bolton to finding himself in a position to be fired or resigned. But it’s frustrating when the news of the day is dominated by radioactive headlines that immediately cause the reader to draw a conclusion before they open the article.