How Bolton Lived And Died By The TV In The Trump Administration

on May 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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September 11, 2019 9:16 a.m.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton was ousted abruptly on Tuesday as President Donald Trump soured on him months after first being drawn to his TV appearances in support of Trump’s agenda.

Though Trump going hot and cold on his aides is nothing new, the President was helped along in his decision-making this time by the likes of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who has long been whispering in his ear that Bolton was too out of step with his administration, per Politico.

Carlson called the move “great news for America” on his show Tuesday night.

According to the Associated Press, one incident in particular that swayed Trump against Bolton occurred when he backed out of TV bookings in August, saying he couldn’t back the administration’s plans. Trump reportedly complained loudly about the cancellations.

Bolton was always an uneasy fit in the Trump administration, not least because of the optics. The President, who loves choosing aides “out of central casting” has harbored a long dislike of Bolton’s bushy mustache.

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