Trump's Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert Has Resigned

Update II: NBC News has reported that Bolton called Bossert into his office Tuesday morning and told him he was being fired.

...And there you have it.

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Update: As we anticipated weeks ago, John Bolton's arrival in the West Wing is already causing major upheaval among the ranks of the West Wing's national security and homeland security staffers.

As the Washington Post points out, Bossert's departure comes a day after Bolton's first official day on the job. Bossert, who was a staunch ally of HR McMaster, likely knew his days were numbered as soon as McMaster announced his retirement.

Bossert, a favorite of Chief of Staff John Kelly, is leaving one day after national security adviser John Bolton began the job. Bossert, an ally of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, was believed to be on shaky footing in the Bolton era and he resigned two days after Michael Anton, the National Security Council spokesman, also quit.

Bossert, a longtime government official who was often behind the nuts-and-bolts planning of the administration's initiatives, wasn't a marquee name. But he was liked by the president, senior administration officials said, and often defended Trump's agenda in meetings.

"The president is grateful to Tom's commitment to the safety and security of our great country," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Of course, Bossert isn't Bolton's first ouster: Late Sunday, National Security Spokesman Mike Anton told Politico on Monday that he was leaving the administration.

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More turmoil in the White House to start on Tuesday morning, where Bloomberg reports that Trump's Homeland Security Advisor, Tom Bossert, is said to be resigning.

Prior to his (brief) White House tenure, Bossert was a fellow at the Atlantic Council and prior to that he served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he co-authored the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security. Prior to that, Bossert held positions at FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the Independent Counsel, and the House of Representatives.  He also was appointed as the Director of Infrastructure Protection under Bush, overseeing the security of critical U.S. infrastructure, a post he held for two years.

In his latest public appearance, Bossert made the media round this weekend, and in an interview on ABC's 'This Week' with Martha Raddatz, he questioned the "timing" of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, but he called it "a quite serious problem" and said "all options" remain on the table.

Bossert said the attack falling exactly one year after the U.S. bombed a Syrian airbase over another suspected use of chemical weapons in rebel-held territory "struck" him, but the era where the U.S. acted as world police is over.

"I think the president’s got a point that’s been very clear,' he said. "For too long and the United States of America has been taken advantage of in their responsibility to provide security for the entire world... putting their resources and their treasure and their boys and girls on the line... American troops aren’t going to fix the six or seven different ongoing conflicts and wars going on in the Middle East or in Syria at this stage."

Bossert also said that "the pendulum has swung in the wrong direction for too long and the United States of America has been taken advantage of in their responsibility to provide security for the entire world."

Moments ago, the White House confirmed Bossert's resignation:

"The president is grateful for Tom's commitment to the safety and security of our great country. Tom led the White House's efforts to protect the homeland from terrorist threats, strengthen our cyber defenses, and respond to an unprecedented series of natural disasters. President Trump thanks him for his patriotic service and wishes him well."

Comments

Buckaroo Banzai BennyBoy Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

Maybe. Bolton certainly has a bone to pick with his fellow Bush administration neocons, who hated him and eventually ended his career. If Trump has weaponized Bolton against these shit-tier Bush neocons then this might turn out better than we could have hoped. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and there was nothing in DC that was colder than Bolton until a month ago.

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Richard640 beepbop Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:16 Permalink

JOOS ON THE BRAIN=A WORLD-WIDE OBSESSION---20 MILL JOOS V.S 7+ BILL NON-JEWS?? WHY THE FOCUS ON THIS MICROSCOPIC MINORITY??---IT'S AN OBSESSION!@!!! GET A FUCKING LIFE U SPAWN!

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THE KING OF DENMARK-AFTER WW2--WAS ASKED WHY HIS PEOPLE SAVED SO MANY JEWS

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Richard640 Adolph.H. Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:14 Permalink

JOOS ON THE BRAIN=A WORLD-WIDE OBSESSION---20 MILL JOOS V.S 7+ BILL NON-JEWS?? WHY THE FOCUS ON THIS MICROSCOPIC MINORITY??---IT'S AN OBSESSION!@!!! GET A FUCKING LIFE U SPAWN!

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THE KING OF DENMARK-AFTER WW2--WAS ASKED WHY HIS PEOPLE SAVED SO MANY JEWS

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HIS RESPONSE="UNLIKE THE GERMANS, WE NEVER HAS AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX REGARDING THE JOOS"--GOT THE PICTURE U FILTHY JOO HATER DRAPING YOURSELF IN "FAIR AND EVEN-HANDED CRITICISM" OF THE JOOS...YA FILTH

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U CAN CREDIT THE KRISTIAN CHURCH FOR THE 2000 YR TEACHING OF CONTEMPT FOR THE JOOS IN THE DISGUSTING ANTI-JOO SCREED KNOW AS THE NEW TESTAMENT--A PACK OF LIES DEVISED BY THE PROMOTERS OF THE NEW RELIGION TO DIFFERENTIATE THESELVES AND PROMOTE THEIR LIES TO THE GENTILES--THERE A WHOLE FIELD OF STUDY DEVOTED TO THIS PROBLEM===

 

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hardmedicine jcaz Tue, 04/10/2018 - 14:40 Permalink

BACK in 1982 when I was still young and trying to find out how the world really worked I had the pleasure of working for the EPA for 6 months.  I will tell you now that experience left me scarred for life.  I am convinced that at least 90% of government is completely redundant, useless and devoid of any meaningful contribution to our country........... AND THAT'S LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.

The Department of Homeland SEcurity:  case in fucking point!.  We lived in this country for over 200 years without a department of homeland security and we did just fine.  First fire all the fucking people that were responsible for preventin 9/11 from happening in the first place... THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN WE DISCUSS BRINGING IN ENTIRE ADDITIONAL BUREAUCRACY to add on top of that!

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curbjob Buckaroo Banzai Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

"...and nothing of value was lost."

Except perhaps the truth ?

"In his latest public appearance, Bossert made the media round this weekend, he questioned the "timing" of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, but he called it "a quite serious problem" and said "all options" remain on the table.

Bossert said the attack falling exactly one year after the U.S. bombed a Syrian airbase over another suspected use of chemical weapons in rebel-held territory "struck" him, but the era where the U.S. acted as world police is over."

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Richard640 junction Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:13 Permalink

JOOS ON THE BRAIN=A WORLD-WIDE OBSESSION---20 MILL JOOS V.S 7+ BILL NON-JEWS?? WHY THE FOCUS ON THIS MICROSCOPIC MINORITY??---IT'S AN OBSESSION!@!!! GET A FUCKING LIFE U SPAWN!

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THE KING OF DENMARK-AFTER WW2--WAS ASKED WHY HIS PEOPLE SAVED SO MANY JEWS

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HIS RESPONSE="UNLIKE THE GERMANS, WE NEVER HAS AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX REGARDING THE JOOS"--GOT THE PICTURE U FILTHY JOO HATER DRAPING YOURSELF IN "FAIR AND EVEN-HANDED CRITICISM" OF THE JOOS...YA FILTH

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U CAN CREDIT THE KRISTIAN CHURCH FOR THE 2000 YR TEACHING OF CONTEMPT FOR THE JOOS IN THE DISGUSTING ANTI-JOO SCREED KNOW AS THE NEW TESTAMENT--A PACK OF LIES DEVISED BY THE PROMOTERS OF THE NEW RELIGION TO DIFFERENTIATE THESELVES AND PROMOTE THEIR LIES TO THE GENTILES--THERE A WHOLE FIELD OF STUDY DEVOTED TO THIS PROBLEM===

 

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