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John Bolton firing empowers Mike Pompeo, opens door for Trump diplomacy

Sep 11, 2019 - The Washington Times

President Trump's stunning dismissal of John R. Bolton clears the stage for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with Vice President Mike Pence, one of the few members of Mr. Trump's original national security inner circle still standing to wield more influence over a raft of foreign policy challenges confronting the White House.

While Mr. Pompeo was publicly aligned with the ousted national security adviser's notoriously hard-line positions on several fronts, in particular on Iran, the tw...