It is being reported that Tom Bossert is resigning from his post as White House homeland security advisor.
Bossert is the latest to leave his post in a White House administration plagued with departures. The resignation comes one day after new national security advisor, John Bolton, began working under the administration. Some sources correlate the two incidents, but this has not yet been confirmed by the White House.
BREAKING: President Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert is resigning. White House says:
“The President is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country.” pic.twitter.com/7tN77C70Mn
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 10, 2018
“The President is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, per Axios. “Tom led the White House’s efforts to protect the homeland from terrorist threats, strengthen our cyber defenses, and respond to an unprecedented series of natural disasters. President Trump thanks him for his patriotic service and wishes him well.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 10, 2018
Per ABC News:
Bossert was a point person in the White House on protecting the nation from terror and cyber threats. He also helped spearhead the administration’s response to last year’s hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
His exit is the latest in a wave of departures from the West Wing in recent months. It comes a day after new national security adviser John Bolton began his tenure.
JUST IN: White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert has resigned, Press Sec. Sarah Sanders says.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 10, 2018
BREAKING: White House: Trump’s homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, to resign in latest West Wing departure.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 10, 2018
Bossert was a crucial figure in the West Wing. He was viewed as someone stable, got things done, trusted by Trump, knew how to communicate with Trump. This will be seen by folks in the White House as a major loss. https://t.co/te8xzKYYWc
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) April 10, 2018
Here’s more, from CNBC:
The White House did not give a reason for Bossert’s departure, which came as a surprise while the president pushes to ramp up border security.
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNBC that the move “seems like a natural turnover with a new [National Security Council] director.” John Bolton, a foreign-policy hardliner, started as Trump’s national security advisor Monday, replacing H.R. McMaster.
A Bloomberg News reporter, citing a source, said Bossert resigned at the request of Trump’s new national security advisor, John Bolton.
The White House official told CNBC that they were not aware of any points of difference between Bolton and Bossert.
As CNBC also reports, Bossert participated in televised interviews over the weekend where he discussed Trump’s plan to increase border security:
Bossert’s resignation came two days after he took to television airwaves to defend Trump’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.
“We’ve got a leaking boat on our border. And we’re all quibbling with how much water’s in the boat and how fast we’re bailing it out,” Bossert told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I think at this point the president’s been pretty clear, enough is enough, fix the actual problem and stop that leak.”