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For the US press, John Bolton's departure will not end the "chaos" at the White House

2019-09-11T04:16:28.391Z

The national security advisor, dismissed on Tuesday, was certainly a "hawk", but he was "one of those who exercised internally a restraint on the instincts and inconstancy of Mr. Trump," explains the "Wall Street Journal.


Donald Trump separated on Tuesday from John Bolton, his third national security adviser in just three years. Evan Vucci / AP

North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Russia: they did not agree on anything. Also the resignation of John Bolton, adviser to the national security of the US president on Tuesday did not really surprised Washington. As the New York Times pointed out, the two men reported their differences of view on most foreign policy issues. Supporter of a regime change in Iran, favorable to the Ukrainians against Moscow, prompt to condemn North Korea, Mr. Bolton found himself at odds over these topics with Donald Trump, tried, him, by an agreement with the North Koreans or the Taliban, reluctant to get angry with the Kremlin and ready, in recent times, to resume dialogue with Iran. Their only points of convergence were the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal or the policy towards Israel.

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"Mr. Bolton saw his job as a way to prevent Trump from making bad deals with the enemies of the United States," writes the paper, which notes the "deep philosophical differences" between the two men. At the same time, "despite bellicose rhetoric , " Trump has always been skeptical about the relevance of military adventures, while Mr. Bolton, who has been in office since March 2018, was one of the strongest voices in the world. American "hawks", advocates of armed interventions. He was particularly opposed to a withdrawal of US troops from Syria, promised by the president. He could continue to give voice in the public debate. "Contrasting with Trump's blessed entourage, Bolton is a man of conviction" whose words could irritate the White House in the coming weeks, writes the Washington Post ; especially if he sees "Trump capitulate to the enemies of the country".

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"The world is now a more dangerous place"

For Vox , this departure shows above all "the recovery in hand of American foreign policy by Trump" . After his two predecessors, thanked by Mr. Trump, even Bolton, "good connoisseur of arcana and broken with political maneuvers" could not win . However, insists the editorial of the New York Times , this departure will not end the "chaos" that reigns in the White House in foreign policy. "Even when Trump pursues laudable goals - such as persuading the North Korean dictator to give up his nuclear weapons, negotiating with the Taliban to allow American soldiers to leave Afghanistan - his versatile, impatient approach, his taste for crises turned against him, regardless of his counselor. "

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The American edition of The Guardian makes a comparable analysis. "The next national security adviser may be pushing in a more diplomatic, less-than-war direction, but he or she will have to go with a Trump wherever they want. And US foreign policy will continue to rock from one extreme to the other. The daily also recalls that Mr. Trump, seeking re-election in 2020, seeks to post a personal assessment of foreign policy. A goal that prevented the presence of Mr. Bolton by his side.

More radical in his analysis, the Wall Street Journal estimates that, without Mr. Bolton in the White House, "the world is now a more dangerous place . " For the business daily, which shares the views of the former advisor, "America's adversaries lose one of those who internally restrained Trump's instincts and inconstancy in security and his taste of bargaining ". And to drive home the point: "What disturbingly says Mr. Bolton's departure is that Mr. Trump does not really want to hear a discordant voice. He assures the contrary, but he renders the work of those who give a divergent opinion of his own unbearable. "

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St├ęphanie Le Bars (Washington, correspondence)

Source: lemonde

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