Trump fires John Bolton as national security advisor: Is this a good or bad thing for the country? | The Tylt
In early September, John Bolton was reportedly relieved of his post as national security advisor. Although there is some discrepancy as to whether he was fired or resigned, Bolton is the third person to fill this particular role within the Trump administration. Turnover has been a staple within Trump's White House, and many are desperate for stability, particularly as it pertains to things like national security. Even so, many are happy to see Bolton gone given his controversial approach to foreign policy. Is it better or worse for the country that Bolton is gone?
Trump fires John Bolton as national security advisor: Is this a good or bad thing for the country?
Many feel John Bolton was dangerous in his role as national security advisor. As the Atlantic's Graeme Wood wrote of Bolton in April, he is "widely seen as the most bellicose person appointed to high office in living memory." Wood continued to paint a picture of Bolton's foreign policy:
He saw bad deals all around: The INF Treaty, which even Barack Obama’s administration said Russia had violated with impunity, was one. The Iran nuclear agreement, which Bolton has labored tirelessly to scrap, was another.
Wood reminded readers that the job of the national security advisor is to coordinate the National Security council, which provides national security advice to the president—plus a few privileges:
After representing the opinions of all, the national security adviser can give his own opinion last.
Bolton is known for his bullish approach to foreign policy. His opinions in Trump's ear would almost certainly lead to greater international disaster for the U.S., whether it be through conflict, risking alliances or dismantling treaties. Wood refers to John Yoo, a former Bolton colleague, for insight:
"Bolton is a sovereigntist,” John Yoo told me. “He thinks the U.S. should not be bound by international organizations, and we should not be ceding our authority to the United Nations or NAFTA.”
Whether Bolton's departure was a voluntary or forced resignation, no one can argue the number of departures within the Trump administration is astounding. According to the New York Times' Denise Lu and Karen Yourish, Trump's cabinet holds the record for turnover in a president's first term, per the Brookings Institution.
“The disruption is highly consequential,” Max Stier, the president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that specializes in federal government management issues. “When you lose a leader, it has a cascade effect throughout the organization.”
Opinions on Bolton's approach aside, many are desperate for some sense of stability from within the White House.