The DC Examiner is reporting that Republicans are stunned that Bolton is no longer part of the administration:
Senator James Inhofe:
“I’m very disappointed,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe said as he walked through the Capitol Tuesday.
President Trump did not call Inhofe to inform the Oklahoma Republican of the decision. Instead, Inhofe heard the news from one of his staffers, who learned about it from a radio report.
“I don’t know whether he was fired or he resigned,” Inhofe said. “I know what the president said and what he said. He’s one of my closest friends. He’s one of the most knowledgeable people that I know, and I’m disappointed that that association has been dissolved.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski just heard about Bolton’s departure as she was walking into the chamber to vote.
“Wow,” said the Alaska Republican, when asked by a reporter for a reaction.
Senator John Thune:
“A lot of people up here thought a lot of him,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-South Dakota, said. “He’s obviously very knowledgeable. But obviously, they had a difference of opinion, and it sounds like they weren’t compatible in the way they wanted to go about doing things.”
Senator John Cornyn:
Lawmakers said they didn’t expect Trump to fire Bolton, despite media reports that the president had split with him on key issues and had begun to sideline him from important meetings.
“I was surprised,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. “I happen to be a fan, but obviously, the president gets to choose who his advisers are, and I respect that.”
Senator Mitt Romney:
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said the loss of Bolton’s foreign policy expertise from the Trump Cabinet is bad for the nation.
“He’s a brilliant man,” Romney said. “And his alternative point of view, I would hope, would be welcomed in decision-making circles.”
It is bad for the nation and it doesn’t speak well of Trump that Bolton chose to resign. It’s like when Gary Cohn resigned over strong disagreements with Trump’s path on tariffs. Bolton clearly disagrees to the point that he can no longer work for Trump, and Trump should see that as a big criticism and warning. But we all know he won’t, which is why he tried to spin it as if he fired Bolton.