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Opinion | John Bolton, Out the Revolving Door

To the Editor:

Re “Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser” (, Sept. 10):

The departure of John Bolton is merely the latest in a lengthy and never-ending series of resignations and firings from the revolving-door Trump White House. Many intelligent, savvy people have joined the administration, only to find that their counsel is ignored and that they and their reputations are sullied as they return to private life.

The only way to retain the confidence of the president is to totally embrace him and his myriad lies and distortions, accept his delusions, and always boost his fragile ego.

It is likely to be an eternal mystery as to how President Trump was able to continue attracting any prominent figures to serve in an administration whose hallmarks are instability, flip-flopping, incompetence and chaos, and in which a president is loyal and devoted only to himself. Those who make a deal with the devil are deserving of no sympathy.

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township, Pa.

To the Editor:

President Trump fires John Bolton for being too hawkish? Anyone who has ever heard Mr. Bolton give a speech or read any of his writings or watched the news knows that Mr. Bolton is a hawk. What did Donald Trump expect?

Peter Jannelli

To the Editor:

Reading this story is oddly refreshing. You could actually substitute a different president and the story would still seem plausible. The president did a normal thing in a normal way for a normal reason. And given that John Bolton actually might, as the president suggested, have us in four wars if he had his way, I guess I’m on the president’s side. It’s a weird feeling!

Adam Block

To the Editor:

I’ve always despised John Bolton, but I believe he’s an honest man. Therefore, if Mr. Bolton did indeed offer his resignation on Monday, unasked, and President Trump told him to wait until next day, the ploy was obviously to turn it into a Trump firing.

Mr. Trump arranged the overnight delay in order to magnify his own power and imply that it was he who was making the decision. Clever, typical, shameful and wholly expected. The silver lining is that Mr. Bolton is finally gone.

Alan Levitan

To the Editor:

There’s an empty deck chair free on the Trump Titanic for a national security adviser. No experience or ethics needed; blind loyalty and obsequiousness mandatory. Please send all applications to “The Presidential Apprentice” in care of Trump Productions.

Glen Handler
Verona, N.J.

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