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John Bolton is not going quietly into that dark night. On Tuesday, when President Trump tweeted that he had effectively fired Bolton, the media-savvy Bolton became a one-man PR machine. First, Bolton tweeted that he had resigned, seemingly contradicting Trump’s version of events.
Then, he began texting members of the media to get his story out. While live on Fox, host Brian Kilmeade received a text message from Bolton. “John Bolton just texted me,” Kilmede said, adding, “He said, ‘Let’s be clear, I resigned.‘“NYT’s Peter Baker and WaPo’s Robert Costa received similar texts.
Costa also received a second text. “I will have my say in due course,” Bolton wrote. That begs a natural question, one that Susan Glasser astutely asked: “Will Bolton become the first of the natsec advisers Trump has publicly humiliated to break with him and reveal