President Donald Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The president said he had a good relationship with the former national security adviser John Bolton and further explained why he left the administration. He said that John is somebody he gets along with very well, though he pointed out that Bolton had made some very big mistakes. President Trump said he had talked about things such as the “Libyan model for Kim Jong Un,” adding “that was not a good statement to make.”

FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2018 file photo, National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House. Trump said he fired National Security Adviser John Bolton and said they ‘disagreed strongly’ on many issues. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

The president also said what happened with (Moammar) Gadhafi and the statement that was made by Bolton was not a good one, which in turn set the United States back. The president added that Bolton is a “tough guy” saying “he’s so tough he got us into Iraq.”

President Trump had a very good relationship with Bolton but the fact was he wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that the president considers very important.

The president is looking at five people that he considers very highly qualified to take the job as national security adviser. He said they are “good people I’ve gotten to know over the last three years and we’ll be announcing somebody next week.”

L-R: National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office of the White House. Trump has fired National Security Adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday, Sept. 10, that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

President Trump on Tuesday fired John Bolton, as national security adviser. The president tweeted Monday night—”I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. 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. I will be naming a new national security adviser next week.

Bolton was named Trump’s third national security adviser in March 2018 after the departure of Army Gen. H.R. McMaster. President Trump said that he had “disagreed strongly” with many of Bolton’s suggestions as a national security adviser, “as did others in the administration.

Includes reporting from The Associated Press

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