….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
According to The Donald, then, Bolton was fired last evening. But John Bolton has a different story:
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Apparently, Bolton was startled to learn that he had resigned. Well … who knows? Trump lies for the sheer joy of lying; he lies when he doesn’t need to lie; he lies when it’s against his interest to lie. So I don’t think The Donald’s account can be assumed out-of-hand to bear a close resemblance to reality. On the other hand. Bolton has lived in a fantasy world for years; he can’t be trusted to even know what reality is, and routinely peddles gaudy fantasy with total sincerity.
So: Who’s telling the truth?