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Report: Trump Considers Removing Bolton as National Security Adviser

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National security adviser John Bolton (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 July 2019 07:16 AM

President Donald Trump is considering dumping national security adviser John Bolton, the Washington Examiner is reporting.

The Examiner attributed its information to sources close to the White House.

Trump's frustration with Bolton has boiled over and candidates to replace him have emerged, according to the Examiner. Those candidates include retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor and Ricky Waddell, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the website noted.

Macgregor recently spoke with Trump but it is not certain why, the Examiner said.

"It's certainly become clear to anyone who knows the way this president operates that Bolton's time is coming to an end," one former White House official told the Examiner. "It's just unclear if he has a few more weeks or a few more months."

Another source said: "The president has seriously been considering other options."

Still another added: "I'd be surprised if [Trump] doesn't want Bolton to quit. That's kind of his MO."

The sources say Bolton's aggressive approach to U.S. enemies has, at times, concerned the president.

In May, Trump noted Bolton's "strong views" and said he was satisfied with the foreign affairs advice he receives from Bolton.

"He has strong views on things but that's okay," Trump said of Bolton. "I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing. I'm the one that tempers him. That's okay. I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him. I like John."

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also is said to have issues with Bolton, but when asked by the Examiner about the issue said, "I have never spoken to anybody about John Bolton's job."

A White House official, in a statement to Newsmax said, "Reporting on unverified meetings, denials from the White House, and no sourcing from senior officials in the administrations is, sadly, fake news."

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President Donald Trump is considering removing national security adviser John Bolton, according a report Tuesday morning.
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