Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he was disappointment to hear the news of the firing of National Security Adviser John Bolton, calling the outgoing senior official of the White House “brilliant” and suggesting his reinstatement.

“I’m very, very unhappy to hear that he is leaving. It’s a huge loss for the administration and for the nation,” Romney told reporters on Tuesday, Sept. 10 “John Bolton is a brilliant man with decades of experience in foreign policy. His point of view was not always the same everybody else in the room. That’s why you wanted him there,” according to the New York Times.

“The fact that he was a contrarian from time to time was an asset, not a liability,” the Romney added.

Asked who he believes should replace Bolton, Romney replied, “John Bolton.”

In August, Romney co-sponsored legislation that will prevent President Trump from diverting federal funds towards border wall construction.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday, ousted national security adviser John Bolton over disagreements on key policy matters.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration,” Trump said.

“I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Adviser next week,” Trump added.

In this July 26, 2019, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called John Bolton’s departure “a symbol of the disarray” of Trump administration.

“John Bolton’s sudden departure is a symbol of the disarray that has unnerved our allies since day one of the Trump Administration. Steady leadership & strategic foreign policy is key to ensuring America’s national security,” she said.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin repeated the reason of Bolton’s departure during a briefing at the White House, “The one thing I would just say to follow up, because the President has been very clear on this: The President’s view of the Iraq War and Ambassador Bolton’s was very different.  And the President has made that clear.”

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