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USA: Trump 'well within his rights' to fire national security advisor Bolton

United States, Washington DC
September 10, 2019 at 22:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump was "well within his rights" to fire National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The diplomat and US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin faced repeated questions about the fallout from Bolton's acrimonious exit from the White House this Tuesday.

"The president is entitled to the staff that he wants, at any moment," said Pompeo.

"He should have people that he trusts and values and whose efforts and judgements benefit him in delivering American foreign policy."

Trump announced the move on Twitter, saying the pair "disagreed strongly".

However, Bolton insisted he quit and vowed to have his say "in due course".

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US President Donald Trump was "well within his rights" to fire National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The diplomat and US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin faced repeated questions about the fallout from Bolton's acrimonious exit from the White House this Tuesday.

"The president is entitled to the staff that he wants, at any moment," said Pompeo.

"He should have people that he trusts and values and whose efforts and judgements benefit him in delivering American foreign policy."

Trump announced the move on Twitter, saying the pair "disagreed strongly".

However, Bolton insisted he quit and vowed to have his say "in due course".

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W/S US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin entering press room, Washington DC

SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "Today's executive order marks the most significant update to counter terrorism sanctions authority since September of 2001. It significantly expands authorities to target terrorists and those who finance their activities."

W/S Journalist asking question *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "As these actions show today's executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to US counter terrorism efforts. It will help us to ensure that the deadly attacks of September 11 that occurred 18 years ago this week are never repeated on American soil, never."

W/S Journalist asking question *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "So last night the president asked for Ambassador Bolton's resignation as I understand it, it was received this morning."

W/S Journalist asking question *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Steven Mnuchin, US Secretary of Treasury: "The one thing I would just say to follow up is the president has been very clear on this. The president's view on the Iraq war and Ambassador Bolton's were very different. The president has made that clear."

W/S Journalist asking question *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "The president is entitled to the staff that he wants, at any moment. A staff is a person who works directly for the President of the United States and he should have people that he trusts and values and whose efforts and judgements benefit him in delivering American foreign policy. That's what as cabinet members Secretary Mnuchin and I try to do each and every day and when the president makes a decision like this, it is well within his rights to do so."

W/S Journalist asking question

C/U Pompeo and Mnuchin leaving press room

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