Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration

Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration
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Former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump isolated amid Syria furor | Pompeo, Pence to visit Turkey in push for ceasefire | Turkish troops advance in Syria | Graham throws support behind Trump's sanctions Democrats see John Bolton as potential star witness Syria furor underscores Trump's isolation MORE Saturday announced he would resume the John Bolton PAC and John Bolton Super PAC, his first political moves since he was fired from the White House.

In its first move, Bolton’s PAC will endorse and donate $10,000 each to Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonZuckerberg defends meetings with conservative politicians, pundits Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats On The Money: Fed officials saw rising risk of recession | Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz blast NBA for 'outrageous' response to China | Prospects dim for trade breakthrough with China MORE (R-Ark.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong GOP braces for impeachment brawl Republicans wrestle with impeachment strategy MORE (R-Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources' GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (R-N.C.) and Reps. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy GOP lawmaker says Trump shows 'weakness' in Syria MORE (R-Ill.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinState Dept. official told to 'lay low' after voicing concerns about Giuliani: Dem lawmaker Democrats gauge support for vote on impeachment inquiry This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE (R-N.Y.).

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“The John Bolton PAC and John Bolton Super PAC seek a strong, clear, and dependable U.S. national security policy, resting on constancy and resolve,” Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, said in a statement. “The experience that these incumbent members of Congress have provides them with a remarkable understanding and knowledge of the threats we face from international terrorism and rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea.” 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE fired Bolton this week, saying his "services are no longer needed at the White House."

Trump cited strong disagreements “with many of his suggestions.” Bolton rejected the idea that he was dismissed, maintaining that he resigned. 

Trump and Bolton were known to have clashed on an array of foreign policy issues, most notably over the president’s openness to meeting with Iranian leaders. 

Despite Trump’s sway over the GOP, Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed dismay at Bolton’s ouster, signaling his firing may not have made him persona non grata within the GOP. 

“His view was not always the same as everybody else in the room. That’s why you wanted him there. The fact that he was a contrarian from time to time is an asset, not a liability,” Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Trump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong MORE (R-Utah) told reporters Tuesday. “I’m very, very unhappy to hear that he’s leaving. It is a huge loss for the administration in my opinion and for the nation.”