Bolton made some very big mistakes: Trump defends decision on firing the national security adviser

According to the US president, Bolton was not in line with what the administration was doing and thought it was too tough.

Published: 12th September 2019 11:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2019 11:22 AM   |  A+A-

US President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump. (Photo | AP)


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to fire John Bolton as national security adviser, saying the latter had done some "big mistakes" and his actions were not in line with the administration.

"When he (Bolton) talked about the Libyan model for Kim Jong-un, that was not a good statement to make," Trump said.

"You just take a look at what happened with Gaddafi, that was not a good statement to make and it set us back."

"John is somebody that I actually got along with very well. He made some very big mistakes," the president told reporters at the White House, a day after he abruptly fired Bolton.

Trump said he disagreed with Bolton on his attitudes on Venezuela. "I thought he was way out of line, and I think I've proven to be right. But we are always watching Venezuela very, very closely."

Bolton, he added, wanted to do things not necessarily tougher than him. "You know, John is known as a tough guy. He's so tough he got us sent to Iraq that's tough," Trump said.

"But he's somebody that I actually had a very good relationship with, but he wasn't getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important."

According to the president, Bolton was not in line with what the administration was doing and thought it was too tough.

"I hope we have left in good stead, but maybe we haven't," Trump said.

"I have to run the country the way we are running the country. We are doing very well, we're respected all over the world again."

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp