Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired'

Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired'
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Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout Grand Rapids synagogue targeted with anti-Semitic posters on its door MORE (Mich.) reacted to Tuesday's news that national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy Trump adviser lays out plans to slash national security staff Mulvaney helped organize controversial Ukraine meeting MORE had been ousted from the Trump administration by saying he should never have been hired in the first place.

"I hope the president’s next national security adviser will focus on securing peace, not expanding war," tweeted Amash, who left the Republican Party earlier this year after backing President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE's impeachment.

Trump announced on Twitter that Bolton would be leaving his post, citing disagreements with his suggestions but not providing specifics.


Trump added that Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday and that he would tap a new national security adviser next week.

Amash, who has not ruled out challenging Trump for the White House in 2020, has firmly staked out his opposition to U.S. military activity not sanctioned by Congress, a stance at odds with several of Bolton's hawkish policies.

Appointed in March 2018, Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser.

The president broke with Bolton on a number of key issues, including the administration's approach to Iran and the relevance of North Korean missile tests.