John Bolton is reportedly fighting with everyone in the White House

John Bolton.
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National Security Adviser John Bolton can't seem to see eye to eye with anyone in the Trump administration, including President Trump, The Washington Post reports.

The peace negotiations in Afghanistan have reportedly pushed the once-influential Bolton to the sidelines. When the president's top aides were preparing for a meeting at Trump's golf resort in New Jersey last month to discuss the peace deal that would be presented to Afghan and Taliban officials in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Doha, Qatar, Bolton was reportedly not originally invited out of concern that he would oppose the agenda and leak info to the press after the meeting. "His team has a reputation for losing and leaking," one senior administration official with direct knowledge of the discussions said. Bolton denies that portrayal.

Bolton eventually snared a spot at the table, but during the meeting he and Trump exchanged opposing views over policy options on Afghanistan. Bolton reportedly opposes the diplomatic efforts focused on U.S. troop withdrawal in exchange for Taliban concessions espoused by the U.S. envoy leading the negotiations, Zalmay Khalilzad.

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Bolton also reportedly differs with many members of the administration when it comes to situations involving Iran and North Korea. In each situation, Bolton appears to oppose the more conciliatory tone being used by the White House. Tom Wright, an international security expert at the Brookings Institution, said that "for quite a while" Trump and Bolton were "compatible," but that no longer seems to be the case. "I can't think of another example where a national security adviser was sidelined like this," Wright said. Read more at The Washington Post.

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