USA: Trump admits rift with Bolton and staffers

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US President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that John Bolton, dismissed a day earlier as national security adviser, did not get along with important administration officials when speaking to the press at the White House on Wednesday.

Trump said “tough guy” Bolton, “wasn’t getting along with people in the administration that I consider very important.”

“We were setback very badly when John Bolton talked about the Libyan model and he made a mistake,” Trump told reporters.

“Take a look at what happened to Gaddafi with the Libya model and he’s using that to make a deal with North Korea?”

Known for his hardline approach, Bolton was seen as a chief architect of the Trump administration’s policy on Iran, which led to the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Fielding questions about the trade war with China, Trump said negotiations could begin anew in October.

The president also opened the door to background checks on gun sales in what he termed a “gun sense bill”.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a plan to remove all flavoured e-cigarettes from the market.

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