1. SOUNDBITE (English) Hogan Gidley, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"The acting National Security Adviser is Charles Kupperman. And the fact is the President of the United States asked John Bolton last night for his resignation. It was delivered today. John Bolton's priorities and policies just don't line up with the president's. And any sitting president has the right to put someone in that position that can carry out his agenda. That became no longer tenable. So the president made a change.
(Reporter: There is nothing new. So why did President Trump fire Bolton?)
There is no one issue. Right. But there is no one issue here. You guys understand and we have now said they just didn't align on many issues. And that's where that's why we are where we are. We're moving forward. Obviously Charlie Kupperman is in that position. But you guys are going to hear more about this ."
President Donald Trump on Tuesday forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.
The two men offered opposing accounts on Bolton's less than friendly departure, a leave-taking example of what had been a fractious relationship almost from the start.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Charles Kupperman, the deputy national security adviser and a former Reagan administration official and defense contracting executive, would fill Bolton's role on an acting basis.
Gidley said, "John Bolton's priorities and policies just don't line up with the president's. And any sitting president has the right to put someone in that position that can carry out his agenda. That became no longer tenable. So the president made a change."
Bolton was named Trump's third national security adviser in March 2018 after the departure of Army Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Bolton was always an unlikely pick to be Trump's third national security adviser, with a world view seemingly ill-fit to the president's isolationist "America First" pronouncements.