Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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Two of President Donald Trump’s top officials intended to unveil new steps to strengthen counterterrorism sanctions Tuesday — but spent the bulk of their time fending off questions about the messy exit of former national security advisor John Bolton, which Trump had announced about an hour earlier.
Bolton was scheduled to appear alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the White House for a press briefing, the details of which were not immediately clear.
But about an hour before the briefing was set to begin, Trump tweeted that he “informed” Bolton on Monday night “that his services are no longer needed at the White House.”
“I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump wrote.
Bolton challenged Trump’s claim minutes later, tweeting, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'” In a text to NBC News, he…