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NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO BE BOUNCED FROM THE JOB. ADVISER TO BE BOUNCED FROM THE JOB. PETER ALEXANDER WAS AT FROM THE JOB. PETER ALEXANDER WAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH PETER ALEXANDER WAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MORE TONIGHT. THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MORE TONIGHT.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT MORE TONIGHT.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP DROPPING THE>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP DROPPING THE BOMBSHELL ON TWITTER, TRUMP DROPPING THE BOMBSHELL ON TWITTER, SAYING ABOUT HIS BOMBSHELL ON TWITTER, SAYING ABOUT HIS NATIONAL SECURITY SAYING ABOUT HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, I INFORMED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, I INFORMED JOHN BOLTON LAST NIGHT ADVISER, I INFORMED JOHN BOLTON LAST NIGHT THAT HIS SERVICES ARE JOHN BOLTON LAST NIGHT THAT HIS SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NEEDED AT THAT HIS SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NEEDED AT THE WHITE HOUSE. NO LONGER NEEDED AT THE WHITE HOUSE. I DISAGREED STRONGLY THE WHITE HOUSE. I DISAGREED STRONGLY WITH MANY OF HIS I DISAGREED STRONGLY WITH MANY OF HIS SUGGESTIONS, AND WITH MANY OF HIS SUGGESTIONS, AND THEREFORE I ASKED JOHN SUGGESTIONS, AND THEREFORE I ASKED JOHN FOR HIS RESIGNATION, THEREFORE I ASKED JOHN FOR HIS RESIGNATION, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME FOR HIS RESIGNATION, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME THIS MORNING. WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME THIS MORNING. THE SURPRISE THIS MORNING. THE SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT JUST AN THE SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT JUST AN HOUR BEFORE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT JUST AN HOUR BEFORE THIS BRIEFING AT THE WHITE HOUR BEFORE THIS BRIEFING AT THE WHITE HOUSE EARLIER SAID BRIEFING AT THE WHITE HOUSE EARLIER SAID BOLTON WOULD ATTEND. HOUSE EARLIER SAID BOLTON WOULD ATTEND. SECRETARY OF STATE BOLTON WOULD ATTEND. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, WHO SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, WHO REPEATEDLY CLASHED MIKE POMPEO, WHO REPEATEDLY CLASHED WITH BOLTON, INSISTING REPEATEDLY CLASHED WITH BOLTON, INSISTING HE WAS NOT BLINDSIDED. WITH BOLTON, INSISTING HE WAS NOT BLINDSIDED.>>WAS IT NEWS TO YOU HE WAS NOT BLINDSIDED.>>WAS IT NEWS TO YOU TODAY?>>WAS IT NEWS TO YOU TODAY?>>I’M NEVER TODAY?>>I’M NEVER SURPRISED.>>I’M NEVER SURPRISED. WE WORK VERY CLOSELY SURPRISED. WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I THINK WE HAVE A THE UNITED STATES. I THINK WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD I THINK WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF HOW PRETTY GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF HOW HE IS THINKING ABOUT UNDERSTANDING OF HOW HE IS THINKING ABOUT THINGS. HE IS THINKING ABOUT THINGS.>>Reporter: BUT THINGS.>>Reporter: BUT BOLTON SEEN HERE>>Reporter: BUT BOLTON SEEN HERE OUTSIDE THE WEST WING BOLTON SEEN HERE OUTSIDE THE WEST WING THIS MORNING LATER OUTSIDE THE WEST WING THIS MORNING LATER TEXTED ME THAT HE WAS THIS MORNING LATER TEXTED ME THAT HE WAS NOT FIRED. TEXTED ME THAT HE WAS NOT FIRED. I OFFERED TO RESIGN NOT FIRED. I OFFERED TO RESIGN LAST NIGHT. I OFFERED TO RESIGN LAST NIGHT. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT LAST NIGHT. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT DIRECTLY OR HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY. DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY. I SLEPT ON IT AND INDIRECTLY. I SLEPT ON IT AND RESIGNED THIS MORNING. I SLEPT ON IT AND RESIGNED THIS MORNING. THE CHAOS TOPPING OFF RESIGNED THIS MORNING. THE CHAOS TOPPING OFF BOLTON’S TUMULTUOUS THE CHAOS TOPPING OFF BOLTON’S TUMULTUOUS 17-MONTH TENURE. BOLTON’S TUMULTUOUS 17-MONTH TENURE.>>I SHOULD LISTEN TO 17-MONTH TENURE.>>I SHOULD LISTEN TO THE OPINION.>>I SHOULD LISTEN TO THE OPINION.>>Reporter: OFTEN THE OPINION.>>Reporter: OFTEN JOKING ABOUT HAVING A>>Reporter: OFTEN JOKING ABOUT HAVING A HAWKISH NATIONAL JOKING ABOUT HAVING A HAWKISH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. HAWKISH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.>>I ACTUALLY TEMPER SECURITY ADVISER.>>I ACTUALLY TEMPER JOHN, WHICH IS PRETTY>>I ACTUALLY TEMPER JOHN, WHICH IS PRETTY AMAZING, ISN’T IT? JOHN, WHICH IS PRETTY AMAZING, ISN’T IT? NOBODY THOUGHT THAT AMAZING, ISN’T IT? NOBODY THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING TO — I’M NOBODY THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING TO — I’M THE ONE THAT TEMPERS WAS GOING TO — I’M THE ONE THAT TEMPERS HIM, BUT THAT’S OKAY. THE ONE THAT TEMPERS HIM, BUT THAT’S OKAY.>>Reporter: STILL, HIM, BUT THAT’S OKAY.>>Reporter: STILL, THEIR DISAGREEMENTS>>Reporter: STILL, THEIR DISAGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN PILING UP, THEIR DISAGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN PILING UP, INCLUDING THE HAVE BEEN PILING UP, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT WITH INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT WITH KIM JONG-UN AT THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT WITH KIM JONG-UN AT THE DMZ, A MEETING BOLTON KIM JONG-UN AT THE DMZ, A MEETING BOLTON OPPOSED. DMZ, A MEETING BOLTON OPPOSED. THE PLANNED STRIKE ON OPPOSED. THE PLANNED STRIKE ON IRAN IN RETALIATION THE PLANNED STRIKE ON IRAN IN RETALIATION FOR A DOWNED U.S. IRAN IN RETALIATION FOR A DOWNED U.S. DRONE. FOR A DOWNED U.S. DRONE. BOLTON LOBBIED FOR IT. DRONE. BOLTON LOBBIED FOR IT. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED BOLTON LOBBIED FOR IT. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED IT OFF. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED IT OFF.>>I DIDN’T LIKE IT. IT OFF.>>I DIDN’T LIKE IT. I DIDN’T THINK IT>>I DIDN’T LIKE IT. I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS — I DIDN’T THINK I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS — I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS PROPORTIONATE. WAS — I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS PROPORTIONATE.>>Reporter: AND JUST IT WAS PROPORTIONATE.>>Reporter: AND JUST DAYS AGO THE PRESIDENT>>Reporter: AND JUST DAYS AGO THE PRESIDENT AND BOLTON DISAGREEING DAYS AGO THE PRESIDENT AND BOLTON DISAGREEING OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S AND BOLTON DISAGREEING OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PLAN TO HOLD PEACE OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PLAN TO HOLD PEACE TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN PLAN TO HOLD PEACE TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN AT CAMP DAVID. TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN AT CAMP DAVID.>>IT WAS MY IDEA AND AT CAMP DAVID.>>IT WAS MY IDEA AND IT WAS MY IDEA TO>>IT WAS MY IDEA AND IT WAS MY IDEA TO TERMINATE IT. IT WAS MY IDEA TO TERMINATE IT. I DIDN’T DISCUSS IT TERMINATE IT. I DIDN’T DISCUSS IT WITH ANYBODY ELSE. I DIDN’T DISCUSS IT WITH ANYBODY ELSE.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT WITH ANYBODY ELSE.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW LOOKING FOR>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW LOOKING FOR A FOURTH NATIONAL TRUMP NOW LOOKING FOR A FOURTH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN A FOURTH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS. SECURITY ADVISER IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS. THE FIRST HE FIRED, LESS THAN THREE YEARS. THE FIRST HE FIRED, MICHAEL FLYNN, IN THE FIRST HE FIRED, MICHAEL FLYNN, IN COURT TODAY FOR LYING MICHAEL FLYNN, IN COURT TODAY FOR LYING TO THE FBI. COURT TODAY FOR LYING TO THE FBI. NOW ANOTHER SHAKE-UP TO THE FBI. NOW ANOTHER SHAKE-UP AT A CRITICAL TIME. NOW ANOTHER SHAKE-UP AT A CRITICAL TIME.>>WHEN THE PRESIDENT AT A CRITICAL TIME.>>WHEN THE PRESIDENT MAKES A DECISION LIKE>>WHEN THE PRESIDENT MAKES A DECISION LIKE THIS, HE’S WELL WITHIN MAKES A DECISION LIKE THIS, HE’S WELL WITHIN HIS RIGHTS TO DO SO. THIS, HE’S WELL WITHIN HIS RIGHTS TO DO SO.>>Reporter: ALL OF HIS RIGHTS TO DO SO.>>Reporter: ALL OF THIS HAPPENING AT A>>Reporter: ALL OF THIS HAPPENING AT A CRUCIAL MOMENT WITH THIS HAPPENING AT A CRUCIAL MOMENT WITH SECRETARY OF STATE CRUCIAL MOMENT WITH SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO TELLING ME SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO TELLING ME TODAY THAT HE COULD MIKE POMPEO TELLING ME TODAY THAT HE COULD FORCE THE MEETING

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