The surprise resignation of John Bolton demonstrates that President Donald Trump is not a hawkish president, says a national defense analyst.
Bolton’s departure as national security advisor to President Trump was announced via Twitter on Tuesday, when the president said he was departing due to disagreeing “strongly” with the president.
A Republican familiar with the disagreements said the adviser's opposition to a possible meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was a factor in the dismissal.
Bolton also disagreed with the president's efforts to reach out to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says it appears Bolton was too hawkish for President Trump.
“It would seem that he was always hard and fast at using the toughest measure,” Maginnis says of Bolton, when President Trump believes in talking to people to reach a peaceful solution.
“I would rather have our president talking to these people,” Maginnis says, “rather than have our young men and women going and dying for a cause that perhaps was not worth it."
President Trump needs to find a replacement who is more of a “team player” for Trump’s administration, Maginnis says,