John Bolton’s ouster from the Trump administration creates an immediate void on President Donald Trump’s national security team as the president weighs critical decisions about the war on Afghanistan. It’s a vacuum that a number of Senate Republicans are eager to fill.Story Continued Below Senators who have been trying to shape Trump’s thinking on foreign policy — especially the peace talks in Afghanistan — are now jockeying for more influence over the president’s thinking. With an interventionist hawk like Bolton out of the picture, Trump, who campaigned on winding down the United States’ engagement overseas, may be more inclined to limit foreign engagements. Bolton had been a fierce opponent of striking a deal with the Taliban and told the president he could draw down troops without a deal. His exit is likely to boost Capitol Hill’s more dovish members whose advice tends to align with the president’s own instincts. Maneuvering on the Hill to influence the president on the questions of Afghanistan escalated immediately on Tuesday in the wake of Bolton’s exit. “The president’s long expressed a desire to bring America’s longest war to an end,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who celebrated Bolton’s withdrawal. “He needs to have somebody… Read full this story
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