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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign.

"I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service."

What they're saying: Bolton tweeted that he offered Trump his resignation on Monday night, and that the president said they would discuss tomorrow. If Trump did not notify Bolton of his decision, it would mark yet another instance of a high-ranking administration official being fired via tweet.

Why it matters: Bolton was one of Trump's most hawkish foreign policy advisers and a key player in the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. Bolton also had hardline views on U.S. policy toward Venezuela and North Korea, with critics often complaining to Trump that Bolton would drag him into an unwanted war.

Between the lines: 7 sources who have discussed Bolton with Trump told Axios' Jonathan Swan in July that the president says having Bolton on his team improves his bargaining position and gives him a psychological advantage over foes like Iran and North Korea.

  • However, the New York Times reports that tension between the 2 men — which has been present throughout Bolton tenure — reached new heights after Trump called off a planned airstrike against Iran and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone.
  • Bolton has called for bombing Iran in the past and has publicly condemned North Korea's recent missile tests, which Trump has brushed off as insignificant.
  • Bolton has also been an ardent opponent of the U.S. negotiating a peace agreement with the Taliban, arguing that Trump could still fulfill his campaign promise of withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan without a deal, per the Times. He was also, unsurprisingly, opposed to Trump's decision to invite the Taliban to Camp David.

What's next: Trump said he'll name a new national security adviser next week. He'll become the first president to have 4 national security advisers in his first term, per CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

Go deeper: A look at Trump's relationship with Bolton in better times

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 10 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”