Sep 14, 2019

Bolton resigned after Trump suggested relieving Iranian sanctions

John Bolton meets with Belarus' president on August 29. Photo: Yuri Oreshkin\TASS via Getty Images

Former national security adviser John Bolton resigned the day after a Monday discussion about Iran policy in which President Trump raised the possibility of relieving some sanctions, a person close to Bolton tells Axios.

What happened: Bolton did not favor giving the Iranians relief and believed the maximum pressure campaign was working, the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Background: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "signaled approval" of Trump's dismissal of Bolton earlier this week, the AP reports. Rouhani reiterated that Iran is interested in negotiations with the U.S. only if suffocating economic sanctions are lifted, per Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

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Scoop: John Bolton to write Trump book, pairs with top agents

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton has decided to write a book about his time in the Trump administration, according to 2 people familiar with the matter. Bolton has agreed to be represented by Javelin's Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn.

Why it matters: Given the fact that he wrote a book about his tenure in the George W. Bush administration, from the moment he left the White House, senior officials privately expressed concerns about what Bolton might say and reveal about his time serving Trump.

Go deeperArrowOct 10, 2019

Bolton lashes out at Trump's foreign policy at event: Reports

President Trump and John Bolton at the White House in July. Photo: by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former national security adviser John Bolton told a Manhattan event Wednesday that negotiations with North Korea and Iran are "doomed to failure" and a plan to invite the Taliban to Camp David ahead of the 9/11 anniversary was "disrespectful," Politico and CNN report.

Why it matters: It was already clear that Bolton had sharp disagreements with Trump during his time at the White House. But his reported comments at the private lunch are remarkable not just because they reveal how bitter Bolton's disputes with Trump were, but also because he seems willing to openly air them just days after leaving the White House.

Go deeperArrowSep 19, 2019

John Bolton suggests Trump's North Korea strategy will never work

John Bolton in Singapore in 2018 for the Trump-Kim summit. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

John Bolton made clear Monday just how deeply he disagrees with President Trump's North Korea policy — just 20 days after he was ousted as the president's national security adviser.

Why it matters: Bolton said he was glad to be able to give his views "in unvarnished terms." If he continues to do so on a broader range of topics, Bolton could be one of Trump's most damaging foreign policy critics.

Go deeperArrowSep 30, 2019