Trump told reporters during an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday afternoon that he would make an announcement on Bolton’s replacement next week.
“John wasn’t in line with what we were doing,” he said. “I hope we left on good stead, but maybe we haven’t.”
The US president further suggested that assigning someone to the post would be no big deal.
“We have a lot of good people who want that position,” he stated. “We’ll have five people who want it very much.”
Trump sometimes joked about Bolton's image as a warmonger, reportedly saying in one Oval Office meeting that "John has never seen a war he doesn't like."
Trump announced Bolton’s dismissal in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions,” presumably meaning the hawkish politician’s advocacy for regime change in Syria, Venezuela, North Korea and Iran.
This is while Bolton has claimed that he actually decided to quit and was not sacked by the president. He even insisted that he had attempted to resign before Trump’s announcement.
The news swiftly triggered a range of reactions from US officials, with some rejoicing at the war hawk’s departure and others lamenting it.